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Man’s death likely due to storm, say police

A storm that roared across the south B.C. coast yesterday morningknocking down trees, power lines and ferry service may have alsoclaimed a life.

A storm that roared across the south B.C. coast yesterday morning knocking down trees, power lines and ferry service may have also claimed a life.

The RCMP say a 48-year-old man was found dead after his boat sank at Fulford Harbour on Saltspring Island.

The 13-metre fish trawler had live-aboard facilities, and the man is believed to have been the only occupant, but an RCMP dive team will be used to check the vessel to confirm no one else was on board.

Police say they suspect the storm may have played a role in the sinking.

Winds gusting up to 80 km/h knocked out power to about 50,000 B.C. Hydro customers and brought down a few trees. Some blocked the road leading through Stanley Park to the Lion’s Gate Bridge, leading to a traffic jam during the morning rush hour.

The storm also forced the cancellation of the morning’s B.C. Ferry service between the mainland and Vancouver Island.

All eyes are on Vancouver’s unpredictable weather as the start of the Winter Games approaches.

Last week mild temperatures and heavy rain forced the early closure of Cypress mountain, which will host freestyle skiing and snowboarding.