Marine investigation M17P0098

Capsizing of sports fishing vessel BC1329967 (Catatonic)

The occurrence

On 30 April 2017, the sports fishing vessel BC1329967, known as Catatonic, took on water and, subsequently, the vessel stern sank below waterline near Tofino, British Columbia. The operator and 4 passengers entered the water while wearing personal flotation devices. Recovery was performed by assisting vessels engaged in search-and-rescue operations. All recovered persons were transferred to the hospital. There were 2 fatalities.

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Photo of Zillur Rahman

Zillur Rahman began his career as an engineering cadet and currently holds a Transport Canada Class-1 (Motor) Certificate of Competency. In his 25 years of experience as an engineer, he has held several positions both sea-going and shore-based, with such companies and organizations as: Neptune Orient Lines (now American President Lines); Mediterranean Shipping Company; Barber Ship Management; and BC Ferries. His experience includes work with tankers, chemical tankers, bulk carriers, container ships, and roll-on-roll-off passenger ferries.

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.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.


Deployment notices

TSB deploys a team of investigators following the sinking of the fishing vessel Catatonic west of Tofino
Read the deployment notice