ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Laura Gainey had been ordered to go
below deck moments before a giant wave swept her into the Atlantic
Ocean, the ship's captain said Wednesday.
The daughter of Bob Gainey, the hockey great and general manger
of the Montreal Canadiens, was a volunteer crew member on the
Picton Castle. She was wearing protective clothing but no
lifejacket on the night of Dec. 8 when she went overboard about 475
miles off Cape Cod.
"She had been ordered to go below and moments later, the
incident happened," captain Daniel Moreland told The Associated
Moreland, who joined the crew after the loss of the 25-year-old
Gainey, said he didn't know why she was above deck during rough
weather. She had responsibility for certain watches and instruction
of volunteer trainees.
Nobody saw the wave that knocked her into the ocean, but the
crew immediately began rescue attempts after she was spotted in the
water, Moreland said. Air and sea crews were unable to find her
after a three-day search.
Michael Vogelsgesang, the captain who was in command at the
time, has left the ship and is on leave during its winter program,
An investigation of Gainey's death was commissioned by the Cook
Islands, the South Pacific nation where the ship is registered. The
official leading the probe, Andrew Scheer, has interviewed crew
members and "there will be further deliberations," Moreland said.
Maureen Newby, Bob Gainey's sister, told The Canadian Press on
Wednesday that the family hopes to learn more about the accident.
"It makes sense to me that it's investigated, because I have to
ask, as a citizen, why was she not in a lifejacket? Why was she not
tied to the boat?" Newby said.
The 180-foot-tall Picton Castle completed its voyage from
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to the Caribbean island of Grenada on
Workers were painting the bow of the ship Wednesday, but the
whereabouts of the crew were not known. The 180-foot Picton Castle
was expected to remain in the harbor until Saturday, when it is
scheduled to depart for the small Grenadian island of Carriacou,
Bob Gainey, a member of the hockey Hall of Fame, won five
Stanley Cups with the Canadiens during a 16-year career from
1973-89. He won another Stanley Cup as general manager of the
Dallas Stars in 1999.