Marine investigation M15A0189

Disappearance of a fishing vessel

The occurrence

On 16 June 2015, the fishing vessel C18847QC was reported overdue while fishing snow crab on the waters of Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) conducted a search of the area and, on 17 June 2015, recovered the 3 deceased crewmembers. The vessel was not found and is believed to have sunk.

Map of the area


The Investigator-in-Charge of this investigation is Mr. Winfred Risser, Regional Senior Investigator, Fishing Vessels - Atlantic.

Transportation Safety Board investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation:

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

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