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BC Ferries crew rescue three stranded fishermen

The BC Ferries vessel Coastal Inspiration was one of two ferries to aid in a marine rescue Thursday afternoon near the Tsawwassen terminal. - BC Ferries
The BC Ferries vessel Coastal Inspiration was one of two ferries to aid in a marine rescue Thursday afternoon near the Tsawwassen terminal.
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Three fishermen were plucked from the water by BC Ferries crews off Roberts Bank Thursday afternoon, after their row boat capsized.

The men were fishing between the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Roberts Bank when their boat flipped and they ended up in the water, according to a BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall.

Both the Spirit of Vancouver Island and the Coastal Inspiration were in the vicinity and came to aid of the men.

A passenger witnessed the incident and quickly alerted BC Ferries crew. Both ships launched their rescue boats and retrieved all three men from the water and took them to Tsawwassen terminal. The crew also towed their row boat to the terminal.

"Our crews perform countless safety drills and their skills were demonstrated today," said Marshall. "Last year, we performed 21 marine rescues throughout the fleet."

All three men were wearing their life jackets.

The Spirit of Vancouver Island, which operates on the Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay route, was about 25 minutes late as a result. The Coastal Inspiration, which sails between Tsawwassen and Duke Point, was nearly an hour late.

 

 

 

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