VICTORIA — For grief-stricken Kathryn Derksen, the news that her son drowned
Thursday night in a Victoria waterway was a terrible, double blow, coming just a
month after police said serial killer Robert Pickton should be charged with
killing her daughter.
The Victoria woman confirmed Friday that her son, Victor Greek, 46, died after a
boat he was in with his wife, Eveline Greek, 51, and a 44-year-old unidentified
man, flipped a little after 5 p.m.
While Eveline and the man were rescued and taken to hospital, Greek's body was
pulled from the water around 9 p.m.
Friday, Derksen struggled with the news that her second child has died.
In 1991, Derksen's daughter Nancy Clark, who had changed her last name from
Greek, went missing. The 25-year-old was last seen in Victoria, however, her
name has been on the list of missing women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
for many years.
Just a month ago, on Oct. 28, RCMP announced they recommended that Pickton, who
was convicted in 2007 of killing six women, be charged in six more deaths —
In a brief interview, an obviously shaken Derksen said that Greek had suffered a
blow to the head when he was young that injured him so severely he had to
re-learn how to speak and walk.
He lived on a disability pension, and had two sons with Eveline. Greek had owned
a boat, moored in the Gorge, for several months. "He loved the boat. He had such
big plans," she said.
"He wouldn't hurt a fly," she added.
Friday, a friend of the couple described them as "beautiful, beautiful people."
"They knew what it was like to be loving, giving and kind," said Rich Rico, a
folk artist. He said the boat wasn't a live-aboard, rather the Greeks used it
regularly for fun.
Victoria police believe the couple and their friend had been on the boat in the
afternoon, and were returning to shore in a dinghy, when it capsized. Passersby
heard their screams and called 911.
Friday, Victoria police Chief Jamie Graham praised two constables from the
police marine response unit who pulled the two survivors from the water. "It
goes without saying how proud I am, and the whole department is," said Graham.
Constables Brent Burger and Debbie Wyatt rushed to the scene in a police
Zodiac-style boat, and spotted a man and a woman clinging to the skiff. They
managed to pull the woman into the boat, but as they were doing so, the man lost
his grip, and started to sink beneath the surface of the icy water.
"He let go. He was thrashing in the water for a little bit then he stopped and
he had gone under. He wasn't moving anymore," said Wyatt.
With Burger driving the boat, Wyatt jumped in the water, with only a marine
survival jacket for protection, and pulled the stricken man to the surface.
However, Wyatt and the man, who was unconscious, had to remain in the water for
at least five minutes until a Victoria Fire Department boat could get to them —
the side of the police boat was too high for Wyatt and Burger to haul the man
"It was cold, very cold," said Wyatt. "For them (the two survivors) to hold on
to the rope as long as they were would have been very difficult."
Wyatt said the man was unconscious the whole time she held him up. The woman was
conscious but unable to speak.
Because Eveline couldn't speak, rescuers weren't sure there was a third person
in the water.
After 3 1/2 hours, members of the police dive team found his body submerged in
the water near where the boat overturned.
None of the three people were wearing life jackets, police say.
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