It was a scary day for many ferry boat passengers near Vancouver Island. On November 7, a B.C. Ferry became stranded with over 80 people and workers on board. According to multiple sources, those on board were stuck for over four hours on Thursday after the vessel experienced a malfunction sometime in the morning.
The B.C. Ferry was sailing between the Southern Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island when it broke down. The vessel originally departed at 9:10 a.m. and experienced the malfunction near Victoria’s Swartz Bay Terminal.
According to the Vancouver Sun, about 85 passengers and staff have been stranded aboard for four and a half hours, News1130 reports. A tug boat was launched in order to tow the large ship to shore. It was expected to arrive no earlier than 1 p.m. local time on Thursday.
The ferry, the Salish Raven, broke down after experiencing a problem with its bow thruster. According to the Vancouver Sun, this is one of the vessel's propulsion devices.
Deborah Marshall, a spokesperson with B.C. Ferries, told CTV News that passengers were being offered complimentary food and beverages during the unplanned ordeal.
According to a reporter with CHEK News, one of those passengers was a woman who is missing her medical appointment that she has waited over two months for.
While it is a major inconvenience to the over 80 people who find themselves trapped on the boat, Marshall has stated that this malfunction has not hindered the departures or arrivals of the other B.C. Ferries.
News 1130 has stated that the vessel was “proceeding to dock” at around 1:30 p.m. Marshall has told News 1130 that the company is now apologizing for the four-hour ordeal that left passengers stranded.
When the boat finally arrives to dock, a technician is scheduled to meet the vessel in order to determine the problem.
As a result, B.C. Ferries has cancelled scheduled sailings with the Salish Raven. To compensate they have added additional sailings to depart Swartz Bay bound for Otter Bay on Pender Island.
B.C. Ferries has been in the news a lot recently due to the transit strikes. As of today, there were 16 SeaBus cancellations.
This has not stopped the company from expanding as the large corporation recently announced that it would be adding four additional eco-friendly vessels to its fleet by 2022.