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UPDATE: At approximately 12 PM on Friday August 26th the individual who was presumed missing from a BC ferry Coastal Inspiration, was located safe and sound by the Nanaimo RCMP.

His vehicle, which had earlier been earlier impounded, was returned to him and the investigation is now concluded.

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Nanaimo RCMP are investigating an individual who went missing from BC Ferries Thursday night. 

The incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on August 25th, on the Coastal Celebration that had departed from Duke Point for Tsawwassen at 8:15 p.m. 

According to reports, RCMP were requested to meet the ferry at Duke Point terminal for a report of a vehicle passenger acting erratically, causing concern for crew and passengers. 

Shortly after 9p.m., officers boarded the ferry and arrested an adult man for being intoxicated on drugs. 

Officers were then told there was a second person associated with the vehicle who could not be accounted for. 

“Officers initiated a search of the vessel for this person but were unable to locate him”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

CCTV camera footage revealed the missing man may have walked off the ferry when it returned to Nanaimo, and then departed in a waiting taxi. 

The incident caused significant ferry delays into Friday morning and afternoon. 

See more: BC Ferries warns of significant delays following police incident

“When the individual who was arrested on the ferry is sober, he will be interviewed prior to his release. At this time, there is nothing to support foul play and this incident is being treated as missing person’s investigation”, said O’Brien.