Boat cleared to ride Reversing Falls rapids
Transport Canada has lifted a stop operation order on the jet boat that overturned in the Reversing Falls in Saint John on Tuesday. Two owners of the tour boat and three of their family members fell into the rapids of the falls.
Investigators lifted the restrictions because the jet boat operator was doing something he wouldn't normally do, in a place he wouldn't normally go.
"We have confirmed with the operator that the activities have not been done in the past and will not be repeated," said Tracey Hennessey of Transport Canada. "[So] he can continue to operate the vessel under the current safety requirements that apply."
Marc Gosselin wanted to do what he calls a bubble test. His two sisters-in-law were going to try walking inside a giant inflatable bubble on top of the rapids. But a wave grabbed the stern of the boat, and pushed it sideways into an area they don't usually go.
The owners of the tour boat and three of their family members fell into the rapids, but no one was hurt. Many onlookers were dissuaded from taking a ride on the jet boat that overturned, but not Earl Ramage of Providence, Rhode Island.
"I always like excitement and I like a good time," he said. "When I had my own, I used to do the playing around and messing around with them."