British Columbia

Fishing lodge accident under investigation

Environment Canada is investigating the sinking of a floating tourist lodge that went down off the Queen Charlotte Islands last week.

Environment Canada is investigating the sinking of a floating tourist lodge that went down off the Queen Charlotte Islands last week.

Two dozen tourists were rescued by a federal fisheries boat, after the 46-metre Pender Lady sank in a remote bay, spilling fuel and debris.

The accident happened in an environmentally sensitive area that's an important habitat for clams, crab and salmon.

Environment Canada enforcement officer Patrick Fraser says the Richmond-based company that owns the vessel is being investigated for the possible release of harmful substances into fish-bearing waters.

The Haida Nation has expressed serious concern about the environmental damage done by the sunken vessel, and is considering taking its own action.