(Salish Raven / Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

85 passengers are currently stranded aboard a BC Ferries vessel after it suffered a technical malfunction on its way to Victoria.

The bow thruster on the Salish Raven malfunctioned while was traveling from Pender Island to Victoria, leaving its passengers and crew stranded.

The vessel was expected to arrive at Swartz Bay at 9:50 a.m. and is currently holding off of Swartz Bay.

According to BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall, everyone aboard the vessel is being offered complimentary food and beverages as crew awaits a tug boat to get them safely to shore.

The tug boat is expected to arrive at 1 p.m. to pull the vessel to shore after which technicians will go on board to diagnose the situation.

BC Ferries has cancelled the Salish Raven’s other scheduled sailings earlier today due to the malfunction.

Marshall says they will post updates on the BC Ferries website as they become available.