Monday, July 22, 2024

BC Ferries sailings cancellations result in long lines and wait times

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This morning, BC Ferries cancelled four sailings, causing extended wait times and long lines at the terminal.

The cancellations include both departures from Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen terminals, and were caused by “an incident involving one of the ship’s rescue boats.”

Sources say the aforementioned incident was two crew members being injured when a lifeboat cable broke while being lowered during a morning drill.

Both crew members sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital after they fell into the water from about 50 feet.

BC Ferries is currently inspecting the lifeboat, prompting the cancellation of two round trips just before Labour Day weekend.

The following trips were cancelled:

  • 7:00 am departing Swartz Bay terminal
  • 9:00 am departing Tsawwassen terminal
  • 11:00 am departing Swartz Bay terminal
  • 1:00 pm departing Tsawwassen terminal

The Spirit of Vancouver will resume service for the 3 p.m. departure from North Saanich.

In the meantime, BC Ferries will automatically refund premiums for customers who had reserved spots on the cancelled trips.

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Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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