There will be an investigation launched surrounding the capsizing of the Miss Ally.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Clark’s Harbour and Wood’s Harbour to gather information and assess what went wrong.
“We are in the process of gathering information before launching a full investigation,” said Pierre Murray, manager of the regional operations marine sector for the maritime and Newfoundland region.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety.
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“We are not here to assign blame or liability,” said Murray. “Our primary purpose is to identify the cause and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
They have deployed a team to the area to speak with the registered company of the boat Papa’s Pride Inc. as well as the families to determine what went wrong.
He said that while it does make it difficult to investigate when the 14-metre vessel has still not been found, there are leads to go on.
“We know that they were communicating the previous evening with someone on shore,” said Murray.
He said that they would also be looking into whether the vessel itself was suitable to the type of environment it was in.
“We will look at everything,” he said. “What kind of experience the crew had, what kind of training, what the weather forecast was.” - Pierre Murray
“We will look at everything,” he said. “What kind of experience the crew had, what kind of training, what the weather forecast was.”
They will also be investigating everything surrounding the rescue efforts with search and rescue and Transport Canada.
“Our mandate is to advance the safety of transportation by investigating accidents so that they do not happen again,” said Murray. “The loss of life on a fishing vessel is too high with 13 (deaths) a year.”