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Emergency calls heard at Queen of the North trial

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Dramatic audio of emergency calls at the Queen of the North trial.

The jury has listened to the radio broadcasts that sounded the alarm about the BC Ferry’s crash into an island in March, 2006.

As the vessel leaves for its night voyage, everything sounds normal. It’s not until 12:22 a.m. that things take a dramatic and tragic turn.

“We have run aground,” reports the Queen of the North.

As the minutes go by and amid confusion about where the ship is located more urgent updates are heard. “We are taking on water, we need help immediately.”

Pacific Coast Guard radio eventually sends out an all-vessel call for help, and notes there are 101 people on board.

Karl Lilgert is on trial for criminal negligence causing death in connection with two passengers whose bodies were never found.

Of the 102 passengers and crew that survived the sinking, two passengers, Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette, were never seen again and are presumed drowned.