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Brother of suspected Pickton victim dies in Victoria drowning

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 including Clark's.

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 out.

"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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Updated: August 21, 2016