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.
#ServiceNotice #Tsawwassen – #SwartzBay Please be aware the #SpiritofVancouverIsland cancelled two round trips. We will refund premiums for customers reserved on these sailings. The vessel is expected to return for the 3:00pm departure from Swartz Bay. https://t.co/luNNgj4yOx ^gl
— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) August 31, 2018