On the evening of Tuesday, February 28th, a BC Ferries vessel and her crew answered the call to save the day for one scared, cold and wet woman who went overboard of her own ship.
The Baynes Sound Connector is the vessel that runs between Vancouver Island’s Buckley Bay and Denman Island. At around 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the ship received a distress call from the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard informed the ferry’s crew of a passenger who had gone overboard a private 30-foot sailboat near Fanny Bay.
“The ferry stayed in dock at Buckley Bay while two crewmembers launched the rescue boat,” said a BC Ferries spokesperson.
“They got to the scene quickly and pulled the person from the water. The person was brought to shore where emergency services were standing by.”
The Baynes Sound Connector ferry was delayed by about an hour, but managed to resume service and complete its sailing at around 7:40 p.m.
During the commotion, BC Ferries customers remained patient and understanding of the situation.
“BC Ferries is involved in marine rescues from time to time. Our crews are highly trained to respond in the event of a marine emergency, and we thank them for their quick actions.”
“We certainly hope the person is okay, and we wish them well.”