RCMP are hoping the public can help find a pleasure boat that came dangerously close to colliding with a BC Ferry.
The Spirit of British Columbia was en route from Tsawassen to Swartz Bay at 8:15 on July 26th when a small pleasure craft sped across it’s bow, barely avoiding an accident.
The boat was travelling between 25-30 knots, that’s about 50 kilometres an hour.
After the near miss, the vessel continued west toward Satellite Channel.
The ferry’s captain later reported that the craft was about 10 metres from his vessel’s bow and had at least 2 people on board.
Captain Jamie Marshall, say incidents like these are rare but incredibly dangerous, “the “Spirit” takes 500 metres to stop from full speed, she was doing full speed, 19 knots and he passed 10 metres in front of her so there is nothing the crew could have done, if they had gotten any closer or if they had some mechanical problems with the vessel right at that time.”
The ferry made several warning blasts of vessel’s whistle prior to this near miss, but the pleasure craft was not deterred.
The captain immediately slowed the ferry down causing danger to his crew and the passengers on board.
BC Ferries says it was a deliberate act and criminal charges are being pursued.
The boat is described as a Grady White, 20 – 25 feet, with a white hull, a hard top and a single, large outboard motor.
If you have any information on this incident, you’re asked to contact police or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS.