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Finally off crashed ferry

UPDATE: 7:25 p.m.

Stranded ferry passengers were finally allowed off the Queen of Surrey after 10 hours on the crashed vessel.

Passengers honked their horns as they drove off the ferry after 6 p.m., CTV News reports.

The ferry has been pulled from service until further notice, says BC Ferries.

– with files from CTV Vancouver


UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

Ferry passengers have been stuck on The Queen of Surrey for more than eight hours after it crashed into a dock at Langdale terminal.

BC Ferries says it is working to get people off the vessel after it got stuck about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“Tugboats are on site, and our crews are working to offload passengers shortly,” said BC Ferries.

No injuries to passengers or crew were reported.

At 4 p.m., staff say they were still working to get people off the vessel.


UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.

Stranded passengers have been stuck for hours on a crashed BC ferry at the Langdale terminal.

About 200 passengers were on board the Queen of Surrey when the ferry struck the dock Tuesday morning, CTV News reports.

Coast Guard crews are standing by for a potential evacuation.

Divers were brought in this afternoon to inspect the vessel's hull before it could be moved by a tugboat.

– with files from CTV Vancouver


UPDATE: 11:25 a.m.

BC Ferries says in a statement no injuries to passengers or crew were reported when the Queen of Surrey hit the berth at the Langdale terminal as it was attempting to dock after arriving from Horseshoe Bay.

It says a tug was dispatched to the scene to assist the vessel.

BC Ferries says another vessel, the Queen of Cowichan, will be dispatched to the terminal to provide limited vehicle service Tuesday evening.

Travellers were also being redirected to other ferry services at Earls Cove and Saltery Bay, Powell River and Comox, Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay or Duke Point and Tsawwassen, as well as water taxi service for foot passengers.

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

"What I know is the ferry had what's described as a hard landing and ran into the dock and they are trying to get people off the ferry," she said. "We haven't yet had an explanation of just why they ran into the dock."

– The Canadian Press


UPDATE: 10:15 a.m.

A vessel that crashed into a dock in Langdale will be out of commission for the day.

BC Ferries says the Queen of Surrey’s berth came in contact with the end of the marine lead and it got stuck just after 8 a.m.

“The Seaspan Kestrel has been arranged and is on route to the terminal to assist with dislodging the vessel,” said BC Ferries.

The Queen of Cowichan is scheduled for the 6:40 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. departures on Tuesday night, but schedule amendments are a possibility. 

Water taxi service will be starting shortly to help transport travellers. 

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so,” said BC Ferries. 

It does not appear anyone was hurt in the crash.


ORIGINAL: 9:40 a.m.

A BC Ferries vessel is stuck after running into a dock at a terminal on Tuesday morning. 

The incident unfolded just after 8 a.m. after the Queen Of Surrey tried to dock at the Langdale terminal. 

“Queen Of Surrey has experienced a docking issue at Langdale. There will be a delay to Horseshoe Bay,” said BC Ferries on Twitter.

Photographs from the terminal show the front of the vessel into the dock. 

One passenger on the ferry said they are stuck on the dock and not moving. 

“The captain said we will not move until tug boats arrive. Ferry is not taking on water or leaking fluids,” said Alan Kabatoff. 

BC Ferries said the vessel is stuck and will need assistance in getting properly docked.

“No specific timeline as of yet,” said BC Ferries.

Significant delays are expected as crews will be working to try and get the vessel off the dock.



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