Thankful there was no loss of life, says MLA Coons

  • Mar. 22, 2006 10:00 a.m.

Northcoast MLA Gary Coons says today is not one for pointing fingers, but rather one for being thankful all got off the ill-fated Queen of the North without serious injury.
“The key point today is to sit back. We are not going to point fingers. (I) just want to thank everybody that there was no loss of life,” Mr. Coons said.
“At this point in time we must look at the efforts of the crew’s professionalism and training for getting the passengers and themselves off before it sank,” Mr. Coons said, “(That’s what) ensured there was no loss of life”
The MLA added it could have been different If the accident had happened in the peak season, when there could have been 700 passengers and hundreds of vehicles on board.
Mr. Coons has been an strong critic of BC Ferries. He said it’s imperative we have a full, fair public investigation to learn what happened from this disaster and to prevent it from happening again.

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