A memorial service planned for July 31, in remembrance of Prince Rupert tug boat captain Troy Pearson who lost his life on Feb. 11 along with Charley Cragg in the sinking of the Ingenika, will hopefully raise the attention of the Canadian Coast Guard, Worksafe BC and the RCMP stated widow Judy Carlick-Pearson. (Photo: supplied)

Memorial event planned for Prince Rupert captain who died in Kitimat tugboat incident

Troy Pearson's widow wants authorities to retrieve sunken tugboat to get answers

  • Jul. 30, 2021 12:00 a.m.

A memorial service will be held on July 31 at Prince Rupert Harbour to disperse the ashes of deceased tugboat captain Troy Pearson, who lost his life at sea earlier this year.

Pearson’s widow, Judy Carlick Pearson, hopes the memorial service will capture the attention of marine experts and authorities who are still investigating the case.

On Feb. 11, the marine vessel Ingenika sank near Kitimat claiming the lives of Pearson and fellow mariner Charley Cragg a 25-year-old from the Tsawwassen area, whose first shift it was on the tug. A third man, 19-year-old Zac Dolan from Prince Rupert survived.

Following the sinking, a petition started by Carlick Pearson calling on the Canadian Coast Guard to raise the sunken tug garnered more than 10,000 signatures.

To date, the vessel has not been raised and is sitting at the bottom of the Gardner Channel.

“We also want to show Transport Canada, Worksafe BC, and the RCMP how many people are still in support of finding the tug and getting answers in the case that killed Troy and Charley,” said Carlick Pearson in a social media post

The captain’s ashes will be scattered during the memorial service which will take place in the middle of the Prince Rupert Harbour.

Boats will be meeting at the Metlakatla Dock at 4 p.m and anyone is welcome to attend, and those without a boat can watch from under the whale’s tail at Waterfront Rotary Park, she said.

Carlick Pearson stated the list of attendees is growing, including many marine colleagues, the Canadian Coast Guard, unions and port workers, as well as MP Taylor Bachrach. North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice has also confirmed her attendance.

“At 4 p.m. we will gather, at around 4:30 p.m. we will be doing eight horns on the boats and eight bell chimes on the beach. Safety is key here. We want to give Troy a nice send-off from the water and show him how much he was loved,” Carlick Pearson said.


K-J Millar | Journalist 

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