Bodies of 108 residents never recovered

Ferry navigator convicted of criminal negligence causing death

The trial of the navigating officer of the BC Ferries ship that ran aground and sank in March 2006 concluded May 13 when he was convicted of criminal negligence causing death.

After hearing nearly four months of testimony, the jury came back with a guilty plea against Karl Lilgert, who pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing the death of 108 Mile Ranch couple Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette.

Lilgert was the only person charged in the sinking; however, the vessel’s captain and some crew members lost their jobs.

The Queen of the North struck Gil Island on March 22, 2006 and sank in 400 metres of water about 140 kilometres south of Prince Rupert.

Of the 101 passengers and crew aboard, Foisy and Rosette were the only people who didn’t survive, and are believed to have gone down with the ship.




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