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Tugboat ‘incident’ near Kitimat, B.C., leaves two men dead: RCMP

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Posted February 11, 2021 8:28 pm

Two men are dead after an “incident” involving a tugboat near Kitimat, B.C., according to the RCMP.

Mounties said one of their vessels was tasked by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday morning, after the tug’s emergency beacon was activated in the Gardner Canal.

Responding officers located one man deceased, while a Canadian Coast Guard vessel found the second victim.


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Lifting of the Nathan E. Stewart tug near Bella Bella


Lifting of the Nathan E. Stewart tug near Bella Bella – Nov 15, 2016

A private helicopter spotted a third man on shore, who was taken to hospital.

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Police said the tug was towing a barge from Kitimat to Kemano.

Investigators said no further information was immediately available.

The BC Coroners Service, WorkSafeBC and the Transportation Safety Board are now investigating.

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