Marine investigation M17C0061

Capsizing of lobster vessel Emma Joan

The occurrence

On 20 May 2017, the fibreglass lobster vessel Emma Joan, with two people on board, capsized east of the Grosse Île wharf breakwater in Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec.

The two crew members swam out from under the vessel before being rescued by the fishing vessel "LISA MARIE" who had quickly left the Grosse Île wharf to rescue them.

The crew returned to the wharf where they were transported to the hospital by medical personnel. They were released later that day. The vessel drifted ashore and was salvaged the next day. Minor injuries were reported.

Map of the area


The Investigator-in-Charge of this investigation is Mr. Winfred Risser

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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