The pugnacious man who caused a BC Ferries vessel to return to Vancouver Island has been fined more than $400, say police.
The Spirit of Vancouver Island was travelling from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen on Friday morning when a group of anti-maskers — heading to Vancouver for a rally — became rambunctious and belligerent.
“We had anti-maskers trying to make their 2 o’clock rally in Vancouver. There were at least three or four different groups wanting to showcase their political views,” Kevin Lee, a worker on board the sailing, told CHEK News Friday.
One man, however, became so belligerent that BC Ferries crews turned back to Swartz Bay and had police remove him from the vessel.
On Saturday, Cpl. Chris Manseau of the BC RCMP told CHEK News the male passenger who caused the turnaround was issued two fines totalling $460 and was banned from riding BC Ferries for the day.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for BC Ferries told CHEK News that two individuals were given travel bans since Thursday, one for abusive language and one for non-compliance and being verbally abusive.
Both individuals were banned from travel for the day.
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