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Marine transportation safety investigation M22C0335

The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 9 November 2023.

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Crew member injury

Self-propelled barge Rivière Saint-Augustin
Chevery, Quebec

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The occurrence

The self-propelled barge Rivière Saint-Augustin reported that a crew member was found seriously injured while on its voyage from Chevery, Quebec, to Saint-Augustin, Quebec. The injured crew member was evacuated from the vessel. No damage or pollution was reported.

Media materials

News releases


Investigation report: Crew member injury aboard the self-propelled barge Rivière Saint-Augustin
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Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Matthew Stares

Matthew Stares joined the TSB in 2022 as a Senior Regional Investigator in the Marine branch’s Central region. Mr. Stares began his seagoing career in 2005 as a marine engineer on Canadian flagged bulk carriers. Prior to joining the TSB, he worked as a senior marine engineer and vessel maintenance manager with the Canadian Coast Guard. Mr. Stares holds a 2nd class engineer motor ship certificate of competency issued by Transport Canada. He also holds a diploma of Marine Engineering Technology and a bachelor’s degree in technology with a major in Engineering and Applied Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Class of investigation

This is a class 4 investigation. These investigations are limited in scope, and while the final reports may contain limited analysis, they do not contain findings or recommendations. Class 4 investigations are generally completed within 220 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.