VICTORIA, British Columbia -- Four-time NASCAR Winston West
Series champion Roy Smith drowned when a commercial fishing trawler
sank off northern Vancouver Island, rescue officials said.
Smith, 59, of Malahat, was a crew member of the 80-foot Hope
Bay, which foundered in heavy seas early Thursday about 60 miles
north of Vancouver Island in Queen Charlotte Sound. Two other
members died, and one was rescued, Dennis Kimoto of the Rescue
Coordination Center in Victoria said.
Smith competed in the Daytona 500 three times, and was inducted
into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2002. His best finish
at Daytona was 10th in 1982.
The other victims were Derek Myers, 48, of Victoria, and Dennis
Webber, 44, of Errington.
Michael Slusar of Nanaimo, a Canadian Fisheries Department
observer, was in good condition Thursday after being rescued and
taken to Port Hardy, along with the bodies of two crew members.
The body of a third man was recovered several hours later,
Kimoto said. It wasn't immediately clear when Smith's body was
"I know people in the trawl fleet are very upset. They were
well-known and well-qualified,'' Stuart Nelson of the Deep Sea
Trawlers Association said.