Two sailings of the Queen of Oak Bay were cancelled after a man went overboard Wednesday.
At around 11 a.m., BC Ferries announced that the 11 a.m. sailing out of Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver and the 1:15 p.m. sailing leaving Departure Bay in Nanaimo were cancelled due to a police incident.
The company confirmed a man had gone overboard in a mental health incident. The crew on the ferry launched a rescue boat and got the man out of the water. He was brought to shore and assessed by paramedics.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations,” BC Ferries said in a service notice.
BC Ferries said the 3:30 p.m. departure from Horseshoe Bay will go ahead. The two sailings were cancelled so the rescue boat could be brought back to the vessel and the crew could be debriefed.