Emotional memorial for victims of B.C. fish boat accident
The community of Galiano Island, B.C., was the scene of an emotional memorial service Monday afternoon. Hundreds of people, including commercial fishery workers from all over the south coast, gathered to remember the five members of the Mabberley family killed in last week's fishing tragedy.
The five died after their boat, the Cap Rouge II capsized near the mouth of the Fraser River.
Aside from a few bent antennas on top of the wheelhouse, the boat looks remarkably unscathed. The 20-metre vessel now sits on blocks in the middle of a busy shipyard next to the Fraser River as investigators continue their work.
They removed ropes, fishing gear and other debris from the wheelhouse, including some personal items such as children's clothes, on Monday.
A nine-year-old boy, his 11-year-old sister, their mother and two of her cousins all died when the Cap Rouge II capsized a week ago.
Brian Lewis, the lead investigator for the Transportation Safety Board says the probe is focusing on issues of stability.
"We're looking at items on board the vessel; the fish, how much fuel was in the tank, the skiff, how the skiff was being towed," he said.
The sinking of the fishing boat has sparked a furious debate over whether coast guard divers should have been permitted to enter the sunken vessel to search for survivors.
It took 90 minutes before divers were allowed to enter the boat, and by then all they found were bodies.