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TSB wants all boat crew members to wear life vests

The Transportation Safety Board says the deadly capsizing of a fishing vessel off B.C. last year was caused by a combination of factors that reduced its stability.

Three men died and the one survived when the Caledonian capsized near Tofino shortly after the crew brought in what was to be its final haul of hake.

The safety board says operating practices such as where the fuel was stored and the way fish were loaded — as well as the fact that vessels grow heavier over time — reduced its stability, which changed its safe operating limits.

The TSB is recommending all commercial fishing vessels have stability assessments that are kept current.

It’s also urging Work-Safe B.C. and the federal government to make it mandatory that all crew members be required to wear personal flotation devices at all times while on deck.

TSB head Kathy Fox says only the person who survived was wearing a life vest. She says habits around life vests have to change and regulation would be a necessary push in the right direction.

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