UPDATE: Fish farm worker dies in boating incident off B.C.’s coast, says WorkSafe BC

Company offers resources and support through difficult time.

A male Cermaq Canada employee was killed in an incident at a farm site off the west coast of Vancouver Island, the company confirmed Monday.

“Regretfully and with deep sadness, Cermaq Canada can confirm there has been a fatality related to an incident at one of our sites located off the west coast of Vancouver Island,” read a statement from the company.

“Out of respect for the family of the employee who has passed, the employees involved, and the official follow up process, we will not be providing any further details at this time.”

Through the statement, Cermaq offered condolences and support for the family and friends of the deceased.

“We are providing resources and support for our employees and families as they work through this tragic and difficult time. The coast guard were contacted immediately, and we will continue to work with all authorities. As the investigation progresses, we will share what we can, when it is appropriate.Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.”

WorkSafeBC said in a statement that it was notified Sunday about a serious boating incident in the Tofino area.

It said it will conduct an investigation to identify a cause and contributing factors of the death, so similar incidents can be prevented from happening in the future.

A statement from the BC Coroners Service said it is also looking into the unexpected death of a man at the farm.

– with files from The Canadian Press



andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

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