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85 Passengers Stuck at Sea After BC Ferries Vessel Breaks Down

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85 passengers are stranded aboard a BC Ferries vessel, after it broke down just off Vancouver Island.

On Thursday morning, the Salish Raven was sailing from Pender Island to Victoria’s Swartz Bay. That’s when one of its thrusters malfunctioned.

A tug boat is on its way to bring the vessel into Swartz Bay. They originally said it would arrive at about 1 pm.

Passengers are being provided free food and drinks onboard, while they wait.

As soon as the boat docks, Deborah Marshall, the director of public affairs at BC Ferries, said a technician will look into the issue.

“Occasionally we do have mechanical problems with our vessels and our technicians and mechanics make repairs as quickly as they can,” she said to CBC.

BC Ferries have now cancelled sailings with this ferry and added an extra sailing with a different vessel. 

It will leave Swartz Bay at 1:30 pm for Pender Island.

It will then depart Pender Island at 2:15 pm and return to Swartz Bay.

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