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Search continues for man who vanished after boarding BC Ferries vessel

FILE - BC Ferries is adjusting service levels across multiple routes for the next 60 days. (Courtesy Transportation Safety Board) (Source: facebook.com/BC-Ferries)

An 80-year-old man whose car was found abandoned on board a BC Ferries vessel in March is still missing

Case of missing man who drove onto a BC Ferries vessel in March but whose car was found empty when it docked still open

TSAWWASSEN (NEWS 1130) – The case is still open to investigators, just over three months after an elderly man boarded a BC ferry and disappeared.

In late March the 80-year-old man bound for the Lower Mainland drove his car onto the Coastal Celebration, a sailing between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen. His car was found abandoned on board after the boat docked.

A full search of the vessel was done by staff. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre was called in which had members also check the waters through the night and into the following morning, but now months later the search has essentially been called off.

Darin Guenette with BC Ferries says frontline employees are told about cases like this and pitch in to help. “They’ll get photos, if we get those from the police. They’ll essentially have their eyes and ears out there looking for people that police might be asking us to keep an eye out for.”

He explains they’re called on often by police to search for people. “Because we have hundreds of cameras set up across our terminals and our ships, we can generally find footage of people that they’re looking for, so we’ll share that with them as well.”

The footage only confirmed the fact the man bought a ticket to board the vessel but provided no information as to where he may have gone or what may have happened.

After coming up empty in their search, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre turned the case over to Delta Police which confirms it’s a missing person’s case that is still active.

The man is described as white, with a heavy build, about 5’9″ tall and 225 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey sweater and dark grey or black pants.

Anyone with any information about the missing man is asked to call Delta Police at 604.946.4411.