Passenger ditches vehicle on BC Ferries vessel, causing hour-long delay

Passenger ditches vehicle on BC Ferries vessel, causing hour-long delay
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BC Ferries was more than an hour behind schedule Monday after a passenger drove their vehicle onto a vessel but ditched it for public transit once arriving at their destination.

The Queen of Surrey crew, which had sailed from Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) to the Sunshine Coast, noticed a vehicle without a driver when docking in Langdale, a BC Ferries spokesperson says.

“As part of standard safety procedures, the crew searched the vessel and notified police and Coast Guard,” said spokesperson Deborah Marshall.

“We’ve since learned from police that the driver had walked off the vessel and took public transit.”

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CHEK News has reached out to RCMP for more information about the incident and will update this story if a response is received.

In a notice updated around 4:45 p.m., BC Ferries said the Queen of Surrey departed 1 hour and 14 minutes behind schedule for the 3:15 sailing from Langdale due to an “earlier incident onboard which has since been resolved.”

The company says it appreciates customers’ patience amid the delay and adds that its crew is doing everything it can to get sailings back on schedule.

People can check BC Ferries’ website for up-to-date sailing information.

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