VANCOUVER — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating after two coast guard auxiliary volunteers died during a training exercise Sunday morning off B.C.'s Sunshine Coast.
Royal Canadian Navy Capt. Annie Djiotsa said four people were on board the inflatable, rigid-hull training boat, which was 800 metres off-shore when it capsized around 11 a.m. near an inlet north of Sechelt, 70 km northwest of Vancouver.
A nearby vessel rescued two men from the boat, but it wasn’t until approximately two hours later that the bodies of two women were recovered by a rescue chopper.
Djiotsa said it’s unclear what positions the women held with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue — formerly known as the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but she described the waters around Skookumchuck, where the accident happened, as fast-moving.