10 years since Lady Duck drownings
Ten years ago today, four people — including a mother and her two young children — drowned in the Ottawa River when an amphibious pleasure craft, the Lady Duck, sank fast in the shadow of Parliament Hill.
A Transportation Safety Board report released two years later found that broken bilge pumps and lax safety rules were to blame.
On June 23, 2002, the Lady Duck had 10 passengers and two crew members on board when it went down in a matter of minutes near the marina in Hull, Que.
Doris Wong, 45, her daughters Stephanie Yu, 13, and Tiffany Yu, 5, and a Roman Catholic nun, Sister Marielle Fullum, 66, died.
Victims had life-jackets, but were trapped
The victims were able to put on life-jackets, but were trapped inside the vessel.
Doris Wong's husband, also on board the vessel, survived, along with seven others.
The report said four of the six pumps on board weren't working that day, that safety measures on board were inadequate and that the crew wasn't well trained.
After the sinking, Transport Canada ordered all amphibious craft to stop operating so they could be inspected.
The Lady Duck was a modified Ford truck.