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Man Goes Overboard While Riding B.C. Ferry

On Sunday afternoon, a 51-year-old man was reported missing from a B.C. ferry.

Delta police have now taken over the search since an extensive search of the Strait of Georgia failed to find any trace of him.

It was as the Coastal Celebration was docking at the Tsawwassen terminal that the family reported the man missing to the ship’s chief steward. The vessel was enroute from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen.

Just before 1 p.m. coast guard and navy vessels were called in to search the waters after a search was done of the vessel and the ferry terminal, which failed to find the man, says Royal Canadian Navy Capt. Annie Djiotsa.

According to the Police, surveillance tape shows the man went overboard between Active Pass in the Gulf Islands and the mainland and there is little chance he survived the icy plunge.

Despite having two helicopters, a hovercraft, several U.S. and Canadian coast guard boats, and three navy vessels involved in the search, the man was not found and the search was called off at 6 p.m. as darkness fell.

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