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TSB hoping to pull navigational data from tugboat that capsized in the Fraser River

Last Updated Sep 13, 2018 at 9:14 pm PDT

(Courtesy Canadian Coast Guard)
Summary

The tugboat capsized earlier this August

It's still unclear what caused the tugboat to capsize

TSB says investigation could take upwards of a year

FRASER RIVER (NEWS 1130) – Investigators are trying to figure out what led a tugboat to capsize near the mouth of the Fraser River one month ago.

Glenn Budden with the Transportation Safety Board says it’s still unclear what caused the George H. Ledcor to sink.

He says the team has sent some of the pieces recovered for analysis.

“We sent some of the navigational equipment from the George H. Ledcor to our engineering laboratory in Ottawa for further examination and possibly to pull some navigational data off of those pieces of equipment,” Budden said.

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It’s unknown how long the investigation will take but Budden said it may be a while.

“It’s going to be a full investigation so it will take as long as it takes but we’ll try to get it out,” he said. “It goes through a pretty rigorous review before we’re allowed to release the results of our investigation so upwards of a year.”

The George H. Ledcore also spilled an unspecified amount a diesel into the river.

The sinking forced the closure of nearby parks along the shoreline.