RCMP have confirmed that there was no evidence of criminality in the drowning of a Northern Peninsula man on May 28.
Robert Colbourne, of St. Lunaire-Griquet, had been working aboard the Newfoundland Victor, about 100 kilometres off of Nain, Labrador, when he fell overboard and lost his life.
On May 29, officials from the RCMP, Transportation Safety Board and Occupational Health and Safety arrived in St. Anthony, where the boat had landed, to investigate his death.
RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Jolene Garland confirmed to The Northern Pen that RCMP concluded there was no evidence of criminality in the drowning.
The Transportation Safety Board has also concluded its investigation. A post-deployment summary will be issued within 60 days of the investigation.
Meanwhile, Service NL says the Occupational Health and Safety Board's investigation is still ongoing.
A Northern Peninsula man working aboard a fishing vessel has drowned.
RCMP Media Relations Officer Cpl. Jolene Garland confirmed to The Northern Pen that a 52-year-old man had drowned over 100 km off of Nain, Labrador, on May 28.
Garland did not know where the man was from and did not confirm his identity. However, the Northern Pen has learned he was from the Northern Peninsula.
As of Wednesday afternoon, May 29, Garland said the vessel was on its way to St. Anthony with the man’s body.
Due to ice conditions, it was unable to dock in Nain and had to steam south.
Once the boat arrives, RCMP will be on the scene to investigate the man’s death.
Garland added that an occupational health and safety officer and the office of the chief medical examiner have been engaged.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has also deployed a team of investigators to St. Anthony. The TSB confirmed the name of the vesel as the Newfoundland Victor.