Potential carcinogen found in water used on Coast Guard ships

Canadian Coast guard crew members are worried the water they use to cook, drink and bathe while out at sea could be making them sick.

Louis Cannon, regional vice-president of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees, said at least one of the handful of complaints about the product used to coat water tanks was prompted after one Quebec worker developed pancreatic cancer.

"I'm not a doctor ... But there are people who suspect the toxic paint has contributed to their liver, bladder, intestinal and blood-pressure problems, even depression," said Cannon, who represents Coast Guard members in Quebec.