Marine transportation safety investigation M16C0137

This investigation has been completed. The report was released on 27 March 2018.

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Collision and fall overboard

Passenger vessel C03097QC
Les Bergeronnes, Quebec

Passenger vessel C03097QC
Les Bergeronnes, Quebec

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The occurrence

On 29 August 2016, at approximately 1223 Eastern Daylight Time, the rigid-hull inflatable passenger vessel C03097QC known as the Aventure 6, with 9 people on board, collided with an unidentified object while conducting a marine mammal observation tour off Les Bergeronnes, Quebec. One passenger and the operator were thrown overboard, subsequently recovered, and later treated for hypothermia. Another passenger was treated for injuries caused by the impact. The 3 injured persons were taken by ambulance from the dock in Les Bergeronnes to Les Escoumins, Quebec. The vessel's outboard engines were damaged.

Media materials

News release


Lack of safety management cited in August 2016 whale-watching accident in Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park
Read the news release

Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team to a collision between a passenger vessel and a whale near Les Escoumins, Quebec
Richmond, British Columbia, 12 July, 2016 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Port Coquitlam, BC, to gather information and assess an occurrence involving the tug Ken Mackenzie as it transited the Fraser River.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of François Dumont

François Dumont has been an investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada since 2013. Before joining the TSB, Mr. Dumont sailed for 12 years in the merchant navy aboard bulk carriers, tankers, tugs, general cargo ships and icebreakers. He also was a Marine Safety Inspector with Transport Canada for 3 years. Mr. Dumont holds a diploma from the Institut Maritime du Québec in Marine Mechanical Engineering Techniques, a First Class Marine Engineer’s Certificate for motor vessels, and a Fourth Class Marine Engineer’s Certificate for steam vessels.


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Class of investigation

This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

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