Canadian Transport Minister David Collenette released
the following statement concerning the sinking of the tour boat Lady Duck, which resulted in the deaths of four passengers. The accident happened in the late afternoon of June 23, 2002, on the Ottawa River
“I would like to convey my condolences to the families and friends of those who died in this tragic accident.
“We are cooperating fully with the Transportation Safety Board’s (TSB) investigation. A Transport Canada marine safety inspector is on the scene to keep me informed of the investigation’s progress and a Ministerial Observer will be appointed. Should safety deficiencies be identified, Transport Canada will
take immediate action.
“Safety is Transport Canada’s top priority and we are committed to doing all we can to maintain and enhance the safety of Canada’s marine sector.”
Transport Canada has ordered Amphibus-Lady Dive Inc., operator of the Lady Duck, to suspend operations of their tour boats until further notice.