(The bear can be spotted in the foreground below the ferry / Image by Susannah Steers Twitter)

Two BC Ferries sailings were delayed over the Victoria Day long weekend, but not for reasons you might expect.

The first setback was caused by a bear leisurely swimming past Departure Bay’s ferry berth in Nanaimo, while the second delay was caused by a reportedly naked, intoxicated person in the driver seat of a vehicle on the Coastal Celebration vessel departing Swartz Bay.

On Saturday morning, the Queen of Oak Bay vessel was delayed while arriving at Departure Bay due to a black bear swimming across the bay.

“The vessel slowed down on approach to let it pass,” BC Ferries’ Communications and Media Relations manager Astrid Braunschmidt told Victoria Buzz. “Once it passed, the ship docked.”

The brush with wildlife delayed the 8:45 a.m. sailing from Departure Bay to Nanaimo’s Horseshoe Bay by 10 minutes.

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Two days later, on Monday afternoon, a more significant incident caused a longer delay for travellers between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen.

On the 4:00 p.m. sailing from Victoria to Vancouver, police were called to the Coastal Celebration vessel for reports of an intoxicated nude woman.

Officers boarded the ferry and found the intoxicated woman who was, in fact, fully clothed. An ambulance then attended the scene and took her to hospital.

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP have not placed any charges on the woman.

Besides the two delays, Braunschmidt told Victoria Buzz that overall, the long weekend went smoothly for commuters.

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