When you grow up on Vancouver Island ferries are a part of life. While I usually walk on board, from time to time I need to drive over to Vancouver and I have to admit to always having a bit of nervousness as the car crosses over from the dock onto the ferry.
Particularly after another accident in the early 1990s. It was also in Nanaimo, and if I recall involved a minivan and a family, possibly from Alberta. The ferry pulled away from the dock unexpectedly and the fan went off the dock into the water. Three people were killed.
Very scary, and a massive investigation was launched and stringent safety measures supposedly put in place to make sure it never happens again.
Well, it did happen again. People will be looking for answers. We need to have confidence in our ferry system. If not, the howls for full privatization will only increase, which would be very bad news for the many small coastal communities in B.C. that rely on the system.
NANAIMO, B.C. — A ferry unexpectedly pulled away from the loading dock here Tuesday evening, sending a pickup truck tumbling into the water.
No one was hurt in the accident because ferry crew members alerted the lone man in the truck and he escaped before it fell off the ramp, BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said.
"Thankfully there were no injuries and no persons entered the water during this incident," she said in an interview.