The man who deployed a 100-person life raft before he jumped off a BC Ferries vessel last Wednesday night, may owe the company more than $40,000.
November 30th UPDATE: BC Ferries will impose a lifetime ban on the man accused of jumping from a moving vessel into Active Pass earlier this month. BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall confirmed the man would no longer be permitted to travel aboard BC Ferries vessels.
BC Ferries is apparently looking into ways of recovering the costs from the incident. They include among other things, damage to the life raft, overtime pay for crews, and fuel.
After launching himself into the water, the man headed to the shores of Galiano Island where he was later arrested, naked and confused, by RCMP.
“BC Ferries knows that fare affordability is a concern of its customers and is looking at avenues to recover costs from the individual responsible, ” said spokesperson Deborah Marshall in an email on Tuesday.
“BC Ferries is fully cooperating with the RCMP on their investigation into the incident. A number of federal offences occurred in this incident, including tampering with lifesaving equipment, and BC Ferries is pursuing charges with the RCMP.”
No criminal charges have been laid so far.
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