The investigation into what led to a deadly fishing trawler accident off Vancouver Island on the weekend is now underway.
Investigator Glen Budden with the Transportation Safety Board while it’s clear the three men who died weren’t wearing life jackets – they’ll look at vessel stability, safe work practices and loading procedures to get a full picture.
“The loss of life for fishing vessel accidents is on the TSB watch list so we’re very keen to look at this one.”
Budden says six deaths in the fishing industry so far this year – it’s the worst they’ve seen in a decade.
He says once an initial assessment is done a decision will be made if a full investigation is necessary.
With the deaths of three Budden says this is one of the deadliest years in a long time.
“The total fatalities in the fishing industry in B.C. up to six. We haven’t had it that high in over a decade.
UPDATE: September 8, 2015
The fourth crew member has been found by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Lieutenant Nicole Murillo says that crew member was found dead.
Murillo says they will not be releasing the names of any of the crew members until their next of kin are notified.
“Unfortunately there are two deceased crew members, and we’re currently searching for the fourth member who’s unaccounted for.”
A commercial fishing boat has capsized off the west coast of Vancouver Island northwest of Tofino.
It happened at roughly 10:00 pm Saturday night.
Lieutenant Nicole Murillo with the Joint Rescue Coordination Center adds one survivor was wearing a life jacket, and was pulled from the water.
“He was in a life raft. He was then transported to a local cruise ship for medical treatment, and he’s currently en route to Victoria, where he’ll be taken to the hospital.”
Search crews are currently scouring an area 30 miles west of Estevan Point for the missing crew member.