Marine media advisory 2010

TSB Releases Report on Passenger Vessel Explorathor Sinking

(Gatineau, Quebec, August 30, 2010) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its final investigation report (M09W0147) into the July 23, 2009 striking and subsequent sinking of the passenger vessel Explorathor.

At 1252 pacific daylight time, on the return journey from a whale-watching excursion, the Explorathor struck a submerged object off Croker Point, Saturna Island, British Columbia. All the passengers (32 on board) and the two crew members were transferred to another vessel. Nobody was injured. As a result of the damage sustained, at 1334 pacific daylight time, the Explorathor sank in Campbell Bay, Mayne Island.

The report can be found on this site


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

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Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca