Explosion and fire at North Saanich marina fuel dock claims life of one man


2020-05-13 09:34 PDT

File # 2020-2243

On Sunday May 10th just after 4pm the Sidney North Saanich RCMP were contacted about a boat fire and possible explosion at the North Saanich Marina.

Sidney / North Saanich RCMP Frontline members attended the scene to find a boat engulfed in flames, along with the floating fuel dock.

This was a chaotic and extremely dangerous situation that developed in a very short amount of time. The quick thinking of the marina staff member to shut off the fuel pumps as they fled the fuel dock likely saved others from serious injury said RCMP Sergeant Colin Cook, Sidney / North Saanich RCMP Detachment operations officer. This tragic situation could have been significantly worse if it wasn’t for the actions of those who were in the vicinity and offered help to the victims. An off duty police officer, off duty fire fighter and numerous civilians immediately jumped into action to offer help, and first aid to injured people.

The Sidney / North Saanich RCMP wants to acknowledge all of the assisting agencies who were called and offered assistance in ensuring that no one else was injured during this hazardous situation; Sidney Fire Department, North Saanich Fire Department, BC Ambulance, central Saanich Police, The Coast Guard, Work Safe BC, along with numerous specialized sections of the RCMP.

Portions of the destroyed boat have been raised and examined by RCMP and fire investigators. Through examining the remains of the boat it has been confirmed that the fire originated on the boat itself and spread to the fueling dock. The cause of the fire on the boat is still being determined. There is no indication that this fire is suspicious and there is no sign of criminality.

The BC Coroners Service has been contacted is in the preliminary stages of its fact-finding investigation. If you have video footage of the fire or the explosion, or were a witness to the events and have not yet spoken with police, please contact the Sidney / North Saanich RCMP at 250-656-3931.

Released by

Cpl. Chris Manseau

Division Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-3791
Cell: 250-413-7954

Email: chris.manseau@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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