Ferry operator wasn't at wheel when ship crashed, sank: Crown

British Columbia Ferry's vessel, Queen of the North is shown in this undated handout photo....

British Columbia Ferry's vessel, Queen of the North is shown in this undated handout photo. (REUTERS/BC FERRIES/Handout)

Michael Mui, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

VANCOUVER — There was plenty of time to turn before a B.C. ferry crashed into an island and sank seven years ago and killed two people, a Crown prosecutor said Thursday on the opening day of the trial for the operator allegedly responsible.

Karl Lilgert, a fourth officer tasked with piloting the ship on March 22, 2006, is charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death.

Passengers Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rossette disappeared after the Queen of the North sank in northern B.C. Ninety-nine passengers and crew managed to escape.


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