Friday , December 3 2021

Ferry visit saves boater; wind will be canceled monday evenings


And B.C. Ferries crew rescued a boat in high winds and rough lakes on Monday night.

The Coastal Celebration ferry, which runs on the Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen route, was rescued for a pleasure ship in trouble near Moresby Island, northeast of Swartz Bay. The 24-foot vessel fell about 6:30 p.m. and as the coastal party approached Swartz Bay, its crew was alerted to a mayday.

The crew members of the ferry launched a rescue vessel and jumped over to save the boat, which was not injured, CHEK News reported.

"It went down and people wondered if the Coast Guard could get there on time," Robin Junger, who was on board the ferry, told CHEK News.

"You could see the waves were awful, that was terrible, and B.C. Ferries guys saved this guy literally seconds before it fell." It was incredible, it was really incredible. It takes a lot of courage and I hope people appreciate what they did. "

No one injured, said B.C. Ferries spokesman Deborah Marshall. "Our crew could save the boat and it became our last sailing on the day," she said.

Because of the strong wind, B.C. Ferries canceled their Monday evening at 19 and 9 p.m. sailing in both directions between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen.

"The safety of passengers and crew is paramount to us," B.C. Ferries said in a statement. "We do not make the decision to cancel sailing easily, because we know that customers are dependent on us to get to their destinations."

Sailing between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay could continue.

BC. The ferry on Monday evening was interrupted or delayed on the Tsawwassen-Duke Point and Comox-Powell River trains.

An environment Canada winds warning for Monday night forecast southeast winds 60 to 70 km / h with winds at 90 km / h to hit the coast around Greater Victoria. The wind was more moderate inland; The Victoria Airport surveillance station recorded winds at about 40 km / h with winds up to 57 km / h on monday night. The wind warning ceased at. 11:33.

Tuesday is expected to be windy, with a risk of showers and no more than 10.

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