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Officials investigating Coho seaplane dock collision in Victoria

July 11th, 2013 - 2:27pm

(Victoria, B.C) -- The M-V Coho's collision with a seaplane dock in Victoria Wednesday night is under investigation by officials in both the U.S. and Canada.

The Coho ran into the dock in Victoria as it was backing out of its berth Wednesday night in the inner harbor.

No one was hurt and no planes or boats were damaged.

The Coho continued on its schedule, crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles.

The Victoria Times Colonist reports the probe includes the Transport Canada Marine Safety Unit, the Transportation Safety Board Marine Investigation Unit and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coho was getting ready to set sail for the Wednesday 7:30 p.m. trip to Port Angeles when the captain started reversing the boat.

The ship then attempted to turn right but failed to move forward and ended up crashing into an empty float plane dock owned by the Victoria Harbour Authority.

The Authority announced about three weeks ago it had bought the Hyack Air float plane terminal and docks.

The president of the Black Ball Ferry Line, Ryan Burles, says conditions were windy at the time.

Burles told the Times-Colonist that the Coho captain has 11-years experience as a captain and more than 20 years from the time he started as a crew member.

The captain was scheduled to continue working today before his regular seven-day leave on Friday.


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