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The body of a 60-year-old woman has been recovered after a fatal boat fire in Ladysmith last weekend.

On February 27th, at 5:19 a.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a boat fire at the Ladysmith Marina, where two people were living aboard.

When emergency crews arrived, a 50-foot vessel was fully engulfed in flames. One man was rescued by the operator of a small skiff, while a 60-year-old woman was unable to escape.

“Tragically, the second occupant of the boat, a woman in her 60s, was unable to escape the blaze,” says RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

The man sustained what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

According to RCMP, the vessel had gone adrift in the harbour and was towed to a nearby beach at Slag Point where the Ladysmith Fire Department put out the fire.

In a media release today, investigators from the Ladysmith RCMP said they have determined there were no signs of criminality.

“The investigators have determined that this was a tragic incident, and there is no indication of any criminality,” said Corporal Chris Manseau, spokesperson for the Vancouver Island RCMP.

The remains of the woman have since been recovered from the boat.

“The Ladysmith RCMP want to thank the quick actions of those nearby witnesses who rescued the man from the boat as it was engulfed in flames,” said Staff Sergeant Steve Perret, acting detachment commander of the Ladysmith RCMP

“Their quick actions likely saved this person’s life.”

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