Still at Sea: The Queen of the North

A lifejacket from the Queen of the North floats in the waters near Hartley Bay, B.C., on March 22, 2006. 101 passengers were on board the night the ship sank off B.C.'s north coast. (CP Photo Archives/Richard Lam)


The ferry ride to Vancouver Island on the night of March 22, 2006 resulted in a sinking, two deaths, and a trial. And for the ensuing seven years, Trina Benedict struggled with what she saw, and the injuries she sustained, aboard the Queen of the North.

Karl Lilgert was in charge the night the ferry sank with 101 passengers on board. Gerald Foisey and Shirley Rosette were never found, and they are presumed drowned.


The hull of the Queen of the North passenger ferry came into contact with an isolated island, sinking the ship. (Canadian Press)

Seven years later, Karl Lilgert was convicted of two charges of criminal negligence causing death. During his trial, the court heard recordings of chilling SOS calls and harrowing witness accounts of what transpired that night.

Still at Sea features the harrowing story of one passenger who survived the sinking of the ferry. Betsy Trumpener is the host of CBC's Daybreak North in B.C. and made the documentary, which originally aired on The Current on May 8, 2013.

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