Crab boat captain drowns
A 48-year-old Comox man is missing and presumed drowned after his crab boat flipped off the east coast of Vancouver Island.
RCMP say two men were aboard an 8.5-metre aluminum boat when it capsized at about 9 p.m. Thursday, dumping both into the frigid waters of Johnstone Strait, midway between Campbell River and Port McNeill.
The 32-year-old deckhand was wearing a life-jacket and was able to swim to shore and get help, but by then the boat's captain had been in the water for an hour.
Investigators believe he was not wearing a personal floatation device and drowned before rescue boats arrived.
A search for the missing man and the sunken crabbing boat continued Friday.
The victim's name has not been released.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more BC News
- Family condemns RCMP BC
- Child pornography sentencePenticton / S. Okanagan
- Bobbitt hearing continuesPenticton / S. Okanagan
- Inquest into teen's Mill deathVernon / N. Okanagan