Criminal Negligence Trial Against Ship’s Navigation Officer Begins

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The CBC is reporting that the criminal negligence trial of Karl Lilgert, Navigation Officer of the ferry, Queen of the North, has commenced in Vancouver.

On March 22, 2006, the ferry crashed into an island and sank off the B.C. coast.  Two passengers went missing and are presumed to have died.  A Transportation Safety Board investigation found that Mr. Lilgert was the navigation officer and on the bridge.  He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

This is another case of criminal charges arising out of an alleged failure to perform workplace duties safely.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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