TSB Investigation report: April 2018 sinking of the Western Commander


On 9 April 2018, the fishing vessel Western Commander, with 3 people on board, began taking on water in Hecate Strait, British Columbia. The vessel's pumps were unable to keep up with the ingress of water nor reduce the port list. The master transmitted a Mayday and the crew prepared to abandon the vessel. While donning the immersion suits, one crew member collapsed and became incapacitated. All crew managed to abandon the vessel and board the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Cape Dauphin. The Western Commander subsequently sank. Two of the crew members survived but one crew member subsequently died.

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