Se­cond vic­tim of boat col­li­sion iden­ti­fied

Journal Pioneer - - THE ISLAND -

One of the vic­tims of a tragic boat­ing ac­ci­dent was a Nova Sco­tia man who was vis­it­ing his daugh­ter in P.E.I. for the week­end. Chris Me­lan­son was on the boat with one of his three daugh­ters, Is­abella, dur­ing the fa­tal col­li­sion near Beach Point on the week­end. Me­lan­son was the se­cond vic­tim to be iden­ti­fied; 20-yearold Mon­tague res­i­dent Justin MacKay was the other vic­tim. Go Fund Me cam­paigns have been es­tab­lished for fam­ily mem­bers of both vic­tims. The Go Fund Me for Me­lan­son, named “boat­ing ac­ci­dent vic­tim & sur­vivor,” noted that Me­lan­son was in P.E.I. to visit Is­abella. “The two of them went out lob­ster fish­ing as that was some­thing that Chris loved to do,” said the Go Fund Me. “The ac­ci­dent hap­pened so fast but Chris passed away out on the wa­ter do­ing some­thing he loved.” The fundraiser said Is­abella is now un­able to work af­ter wit­ness­ing the event. Any do­na­tions will go to­wards help­ing her fi­nan­cially over the next cou­ple of weeks. She will be trav­el­ling to Wey­mouth, N.S., where Me­lan­son’s funeral will be held. A funeral will be held for MacKay at Fer­gu­son Lo­gan Mon­tague Funeral Home chapel on Thurs­day, with an in­ter­ment to fol­low in the Mur­ray River Ceme­tery. RCMP said the col­li­sion oc­curred when one boat on its way back to shore smashed into an­other boat that was buoyed about nine kilo­me­tres off the coast Satur­day morn­ing. There were eight crew mem­bers be­tween the two boats, in­clud­ing the two vic­tims. The col­li­sion is cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­view by sev­eral agen­cies, in­clud­ing the RCMP, Transport Canada and the Trans­porta­tion Safety Board of Canada.

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Chris Me­lan­son is shown with his daugh­ter Is­abella in a photo up­loaded to a Go­FundMe cam­paign. Me­lan­son was one of the vic­tims killed dur­ing a boat­ing ac­ci­dent near Beach Point on the week­end, while Is­abella was also on the boat.

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