Navigating officer Karl Lilgert has been found guilty of criminal negligence in the 2006 sinking of the Queen of the North Passenger ferry.
Lilgert was convicted with negligence causing the death of two passengers — Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette, who have not been found — in the ship’s sinking on March 22, 2006. Lilgert was originally charged in 2010, and the jury had been deliberating since last week. His trial began in January, 2013.
Lilgert was on the ferry’s bridge during the accident, when the Queen of the North missed a turn and struck an island.
According to News 1130, “The Crown alleged Lilgert neglected his duties when he missed a turn and then failed take evasive action or slow the ship down, while Lilgert testified he was doing everything he could to navigate the ship through rough weather, and his lawyers blamed unreliable equipment and poor policies within BC Ferries.”
Lilgert will be sentenced on June 21, 2013.
George Foisy’s brother Gerald was interviewed on Monday after Lilgert was convicted.
“As far as I know, I don’t think he’s told the truth about what really happened,” he said, according to The Huffington Post. “And that’s all we wanted as family members: What the heck went wrong? Why did this happen?”
*Story by Kolby Solinsky