Over the past several days, I’ve been hearing various rumours around town surround the sinking of the Queen of the North and the fallout surrounding the incident.Â While I would like to keep the rumour portion muzzled until I can confirm what I have heard, I’ve taken a look around the web to see if there are any tidbits worthy of commenting on.Â
So far, this is what I have unearthed:
[quote]Two Queen of the North crew members suspended for refusing to be interviewed about sinking
Published: Friday October 20, 2006
VANCOUVER - Two BC Ferries employees who were aboard the Queen of the North when it sank have been suspended without pay after refusing to be interviewed about the March 22 accident, Global News reported Thursday.
Neither the union nor the ferry corporation were available to comment on the Global report.
Meanwhile, the ferryworkers’ union is demanding a judicial inquiry into the sinking following allegations from the corporation’s former director of safety that safety-management systems at BC Ferries were in “disarray.”
The allegations are contained in a sworn affidavit by Darin Bowland, who resigned five days after the ferry sank. Ninety-nine people were rescued and two are missing and presumed drowned.[/quote]
[quote]Union dismisses fling on fallen ship
The Calgary Sun
Published: Sunday October 22, 2006
VICTORIA – As questions swirl around the Queen of the North sinking, the ferry union boss is dismissing as irrelevant a romantic relationship between the helmswoman and junior officer on the bridge when the vessel crashed.
B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union president Jackie Miller says there is no evidence the relationship had anything to do with its sinking March 22.[/quote]
I guess my question would be, how would Mr. Miller know anything about what went on between the helmswoman and the junior officer that night if the two mentioned had been fired for being silent and remain tight lipped?