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85 passengers stranded for hours on broken down BC Ferries vessel

Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 at 3:14 pm PST

(The Salish Raven. Courtesy: BC Ferries)

The Salish Raven sailing departed at 9:10 a.m. and the passengers were being tugged to the dock to disembark at 1:30 p.m

BC Ferries cancelled scheduled sailings of the Salish Raven Thursday morning, but added two Thursday afternoon

SWARTZ BAY (NEWS 1130) — A ferry travelling from Pender Island to Swartz Bay broke down Thursday, stranding 85 of passengers on board for four and a half hours.

The Salish Raven sailing departed at 9:10 a.m.

At around 1:30 p.m. the vessel was “proceeding to dock,” according to Deborah Marshall, executive director of public affairs at BC Ferries.

The 9:10 a.m. sailing normally takes 42 minutes.

“People have obviously been on the vessel a lot longer than they had anticipated and we certainly apologize for that. We are providing our customers with complimentary food and beverages,” she says, adding they are poised to deal with customer complaints.\

BC Ferries cancelled several scheduled sailings with the Salish Raven Thursday morning, but the mechanical issue was repaired in time for the scheduled 4:20 sailing.