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10 years since the Queen of the North sank

Ten years ago the BC Ferries’ Queen of the North went down in the icy waters off Hartley Bay.

The small community of Hartley Bay was instrumental in evacuating and providing shelter to passengers from the stricken ferry.

Edward Robinson Sr. was the Auxiliary Leader of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue team, and was one of the first out on the water that night when the call came in.

Robinson, who spent 13 hours on the water, says when they got out there it was pitch black, but could see people out in the lifeboats.

He says during the operation they were all working under adrenalin, but afterwards they had to make sure they could properly decompress.

Robinson says there won’t be any commemorations the mark the 10th anniversary of the sinking, adding everyone has moved on.

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