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Transportation Safety Board probes lifeboat incident off Vancouver that left 2 crew badly injured

A statement from the board says the team will examine why a lifeboat from the bulk carrier Blue Bosporus, moored in English Bay, was released from the ship on Dec. 1.

Crew members of bulk carrier hurt when lifeboat was released while they were carrying out routine drill

An injured crew member from a container ship moored in English Bay is taken to hospital after a lifeboat fell from the ship into the water during a drill on Tuesday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

A Transportation Safety Board team has been assigned to investigate a marine incident that seriously injured two crew members from a freighter moored off Vancouver.

A statement from the board says the team will examine why a lifeboat from the bulk carrier Blue Bosporus, moored in English Bay, was released from the ship on Dec. 1.

A coast guard statement issued Tuesday said the two crew members were hurt as they carried out a routine drill in the covered lifeboat.

The boat began to sink after it had dropped into the water and a vessel from the Kitsilano coast guard station was one of several that responded, rescuing the injured sailors.

A Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft comes ashore at English Bay in Vancouver after the rescue of the two crew members. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

In October 2000, three Ukrainian crew members died and one was hurt when a similar covered lifeboat fell about 15 metres into the water from a bulk carrier moored in English Bay.

A report by the safety board in 2003 identified issues with the lifeboat's lowering mechanism and the hooks connecting it to the launching equipment.

The Blue Bosporus moored in English Bay on Dec. 1. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

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