The power boat crashed into a pillar of the Second Narrows Bridge head-on this afternoon.
“Any time the vessel is in operation it’s just like driving a car, you know, you need to have your eyes on the water ahead of you.”
Constable Chris Nordlund with Coquitlam RCMP says in this case, the driver apparently wasn’t paying attention when the boat crashed around 1:30pm, sending four of the 16 people on-board to hospital with relatively minor injuries.
“Ultimately, the responsibility was for him to be at the helm and operating the vessel in a safe manner. Which appears that it was lacking at this particular incident.”
Nordlund says it could have been much worse.
He says they are looking at recommending charges related to careless operation of a vessel, and failing to ensure the safety of everyone on-board.
Alcohol and speed are not considered factors.