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Person overboard delays BC Ferries Thursday

Last Updated Apr 2, 2021 at 11:06 am PDT

FILE -- A B.C. Ferry is seen arriving at Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver on March 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Person rescued after going overboard off a ferry Thursday night

BC Ferries says the person went overboard shortly after the sailing left Departure Bay

No word on what injuries the person may have sustained

NANAIMO (NEWS 1130) — A person has been rescued after they went overboard off a BC Ferries sailing Thursday night.

It happened at around 9:20 p.m. shortly after the Queen of Surrey sailing left Departure Bay, causing some delays.

In a statement, BC Ferries says the person was quickly rescued from the water and brought onboard before the boat turned around and returned to the dock.

It’s unclear how seriously the person may have been hurt, but they were taken away in an ambulance. The ferry was held up for a time.

BC Ferries says crews deal with marine rescues from time to time and thanked staff for their quick rescue.

BC Ferries will have more sailings for long Easter weekend but the Province of B.C. is urging people to avoid non-essential travel.

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct the ferry had left Departure Bay.