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Marine transportation safety investigation M19P0029

The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 14 January 2021.

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Search and rescue vessel (Spirit of Sooke)
Christie Point, Sooke Harbour
British Columbia

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The occurrence

On , the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue vessel Spirit of Sooke was returning to its station after a training exercise when it ran aground on Christie Point in Sooke Harbour, British Columbia. The vessel had 4 volunteer crew members on board and was proceeding at approximately 27 knots at the time of the grounding. The impact caused serious injuries to all of the crew members. The vessel sustained damage and was temporarily removed from service. No pollution was reported.

Media materials

News release


Misinterpretation of navigational information led to the 2019 grounding of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue vessel
Read the news release

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Glenn Budden

Glenn Budden has been a Senior Marine Investigator at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada since 2008.

Prior to joining the TSB, Mr. Budden owned and operated a commercial fishing business. He has 35 years’ experience in the fishing industry, operating, managing and advising on several types of fishing vessels and fisheries on both coasts. In his later years, in the fishing industry, he facilitated the first industry led stability education program (Fishsafe) to fishermen in British Columbia.

Mr. Budden holds a Fishing Masters II certificate, and his last vessel was the seiner ‘Ocean Venture’.


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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.