Response from Captain Daniel Moreland of the Barque Picton Castle to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's Marine Investigation Report:

    CASCAIS, Portugal, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - We have reviewed the report issued by
the Transportation Safety Board of Canada regarding its investigation into the
tragic loss of Laura Gainey on December 8, 2006 from the sail training ship,
the Barque Picton Castle. We respectfully acknowledge the professional work of
the investigators, and accept their recommendations.
    Their findings confirm our strongly held belief that Laura was obeying
orders and carrying out her tasks as the excellent crewmember she was onboard
the Picton Castle. Our thoughts go out to the Gaineys as they have since that
horrible night almost two years ago.
    The purpose of this ship is to do good, not harm. It is not truly
possible for me to express how devastatingly sorry I and all of us who work
with the ship are for the loss of Laura. Laura was a remarkable young woman,
treasured by all her shipmates. She will be deeply missed always.
    The loss of Laura has led to an intense review and scrutiny of safety
equipment and all practices and procedures aboard the Picton Castle, including
an in-depth independent Extraordinary Safety Audit and Transport Canada
    We mean to learn all we can from this tragedy. This process is ongoing.
The spirit that Laura brought to this ship will sail with us always.

    Captain Daniel Moreland
    Master, Barque Picton Castle
    Cascais, Portugal

For further information:

For further information: on safety actions taken onboard the Picton
Castle, please contact: Susan Corkum-Greek, (902) 634-9984

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