Nearly 200 B.C. Ferries passengers are back on land after a mechanical issue with the Queen of Alberni stranded them at sea on Tuesday afternoon.
The ship broke down shortly before it was expected to dock at Tsawwassen at around 2:45 p.m. The issue was with the ship’s gear box.
The ship finally made it back to the terminal at around 7 p.m.
B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said a tug boat was requested, but took time because it is busy with another job.
Passengers were provided with snacks and drinks while they await rescue.
B.C. Ferries cancelled the rest of the ship’s planned sailings Tuesday, including the 5:45 p.m. and 10:45 sailings out of Duke Point and the 8:15 sailing out of Tsawwassen.
#ServiceNotice #Tsawwassen – #DukePoint #QueenofAlberni has cancelled sailings due to a mechanical difficulty. The 5:45 pm and 10:45 pm out of Duke Point & the 8:15 pm out of Tsawwassen will not travel tonight. More details here: https://t.co/Ia0EnsmYEY ^ta
— BC Ferries | Travel safe. Wear a mask. (@BCFerries) October 28, 2020
- with files from Canadian Press