Canada

Gainey ordered below deck before wave hit

The captain of a Nova Scotia-based tall ship says Laura Gainey had been ordered below deck minutes before she was swept overboard by a large wave.

The captain of a Nova Scotia-based tall ship says Laura Gainey— the daughter ofMontreal Canadiens general manager BobGainey — was ordered below deck minutes before she was swept overboard last month by a large wave.

Senior Capt. Daniel Moreland says he does't know why Laura Gainey, 25,was above deck during rough weather.

Gainey went missing in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., while sailing on the Picton Castle to Grenada. She was wearing protective clothing but no life-jacket.

Canadian and American air and sea crews were unable to find her after a three-day search.

Moreland, who was not on board when Gainey was lost, joined the crew after the incident. The ship arrived in Grenada on Wednesday and was docked in a restricted area of St. George's harbour, the vessel's shipping agents confirmed.

The captain at the time of Gainey's death is now on winter leave.

The Dec. 8incident is still under investigation.

Maureen Newby, Bob Gainey's sister, told the Canadian Press that her brother and other family members visited the Picton Castle to ask questions of the crew and talk about the tragedy.

The meeting is believed to have occurred in St. Kitts, where the ship stopped days before reaching Grenada.

There will be a memorial mass for Laura in Peterborough, Ont., this weekend.

With files from the Canadian Press

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