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Unexpected cancellations and delays impact ferry service Sunday between Greater Victoria and Lower Mainland

Travellers had to deal with unexpected cancellations and delays caused by a medical emergency
Travellers on BC Ferries had to deal with announced as well as unexpected cancellations of service between Greater Victoria and Greater Vancouver. (Black Press Media file photo)

Travellers on BC Ferries connecting Greater Victoria and Greater Vancouver had to deal with cancellations and delays Sunday.

BC Ferries had already warned travellers on Thursday (June 16) that crew shortages would lead to Sunday cancellations on the route between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, specifically the 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. sailings leaving Tsawwassen and the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. sailings leaving Swartz Bay.

But Sunday itself also held unexpected developments. Shortly after 6 p.m., BC Ferries announced the cancellation of the 7 p.m. sailing leaving Swartz Bay and the 9 p.m. sailing leaving Tsawwassen, citing crew shortages.

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A medical emergency also impacted a sailing leaving Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen earlier in the afternoon. At 1:52 p.m., BC Ferries announced on Twitter that the Spirit of British Columbia had returned to Swartz Bay due to an unspecified medical emergency experienced by a traveller.

Later in the afternoon at 6:56 p.m., BC Ferries posted on its website that the Spirit of British Columbia was operating 98 minutes delayed for the 5 p.m. sailing from Swartz to Tsawwassen due a medical emergency experienced by a traveller, presumably a cascading delay caused by the earlier incident. BC Ferries also shared that information on Twitter.

Monday’s sailing schedule also shapes up to be busy. According to BC Ferries’ website, the 7 a.m. sailing leaving Swartz Bay is already full with 30 per cent availability on the 8 a.m. sailing and 24 per cent availability on the 9 a.m. sailing respectively.

The 7 a.m sailing leaving Tsawwassen shows eight per cent availability, according to BC Ferries’ website. The 8 a.m. sailings and 9 a.m. sailings leaving Tsawwassen show 18 per cent and 25 per cent availability respectively.

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Wolf Depner

About the Author: Wolf Depner

I joined the national team with Black Press Media in 2023 from the Peninsula News Review, where I had reported on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula since 2019.
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