Nova Scotia

No answers for family of Englishtown ferry victim

The family of Jerry Hengeveld said they will likely never know why his car drove off the Englishtown ferry into the icy waters of St. Anns Bay in Cape Breton earlier this spring.

Jerry Hengeveld, 81, of Waterville, was inside vehicle that plunged off Cape Breton ferry

The family of Jerry Hengeveld said they will likely never know why his car drove off the Englishtown ferry into the icy waters of St. Anns Bay in Cape Breton earlier this spring.

On March 25, 81-year-old Hengeveld of Waterville drove his small car off the upturned ramp of the Englishtown ferry and into the icy channel. His body was recovered from his car several days later.

A mechanical inspection found there was nothing wrong with the car and Hengeveld's family says the coroner's report determined no medical condition played a role in the death.

Son-in-law Bill Halliday says the stated cause of death was drowning. He says the family is coming to terms with what they view as a tragic accident.

"I don't know where you get closure at. It's just one of those things that can't be. We just know that Jerry was a very Christian man, a very good man, he was a great and beautiful husband and father, and it just, it rocked us to the core," he said.

"I don't know if there'll ever be any getting over it as there will be trying to make peace with it."

The RCMP has also concluded its investigation.

Staff Sgt. Craig Yorke says it was an unfortunate incident, and the cause will probably never be known.

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