BC Ferries called in to assist with marine rescue off Nanaimo coast

BC Ferries called in to assist with marine rescue off Nanaimo coast
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The Queen of Cowichan was one of two BC Ferries' vessels to respond to a marine rescue on Sunday afternoon.

Two BC Ferries vessels were called upon on Sunday afternoon to assist with a marine rescue off the coast of Nanaimo.

Both the Queen of Oak Bay and the Queen of Cowichan were called around 4 p.m. while they were making their respective trips between Nanaimo and Horseshoe Bay.

A 21-foot pleasure craft began taking on water off the coast of Sechelt, resulting in the ship capsizing. Three people needed to be rescued by the Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon.

Both BC Ferries’ vessels responded to the call although neither one had to deploy any rescue boats.

The incident resulted in major delays for both ships.

According to BC Ferries, they receive rescue calls from time to time in areas where they sail and employees are highly trained to respond to any rescue incidents that might occur.

The marine rescue was part of an eventful Sunday for the transportation company as later in the evening, mechanical failures resulted in the Coastal Renaissance being stranded just a few minutes after departing Duke Point.

Passengers onboard the Coastal Renaissance were stranded for over five hours, disembarking shortly after 2 a.m. on the morning of June 29.

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