Probe: ‘Poor’ survival suits led to death of 2 Canada tug crewmen

(ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland) — “Poor” and waterlogged survival suits and miscommunication among rescuers doomed the two-man crew of a tugboat that sank off Newfoundland in January, the Canadian Press reported. The armed forces investigators said the two men aboard the Check Mate III donned their survival suits properly, but the suits were full of water when rescuers reached them. The government report also said the rescue coordinator was busy fielding news media inquiries during the operation.
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By Professional Mariner Staff