Teenager who died in workplace accident was working at Mowi site

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Aidan Webber, a promising champion BMX athlete, was killed in a workplace involving a fish pen.

It has now been confirmed that the tragic incident that resulted in the death of a young worker on Sunday was at a Mowi site.

AT the time, all that was known was that a tragic incident resulted in the death of a young worker at 10:40 a.m. Sunday. Preliminary details indicated it happened about 16 kilometres off the coast of Port Hardy and involved a fish pen.

In an email to SalmonBusiness, Director of Community Engagement and Public Affairs Mowi Jeremy Dunn confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation at the company’s Robertson Island Farm: “There is currently an investigation ongoing on Sunday, March 10th involving a contractor at Mowi Canada West’s Robertson Island Farm near Port Hardy that resulted in a fatality to an employee of the contract company. Our thoughts are with the family at this time, all of us at Mowi are devastated by this tragedy,” he wrote.

Webber was a champion BMX raider who had represented Canada in championships around the world. “Yesterday, Nanaimo BMX lost one of our family members. It is with sadness and regret that we say goodbye to Aidan Webber,” noted a Facebook post from the Nanaimo BMX Association. “Aidan tragically lost his life yesterday in a work accident.”