Intoxicated man and missing person cause BC Ferries route delays and cancellations

Police now say it appears the missing man may have gotten off the ferry on his return to Nanaimo and then left in a waiting taxi.

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A man arrested for drunkenness and another missing were responsible for major delays on a BC Ferries route Thursday night and Friday morning.

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Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a report of a person who went missing shortly after 9 p.m. on the Coastal Inspiration boat that left Duke Point for Tsawwassen at 8:15 p.m.

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Constables say they were asked to meet the ferry at Duke Point Terminal for a report of a vehicle passenger who was acting erratically and causing concern to crew and passengers.

Police were advised that the decision had been made to return the ferry to Duke Point. Shortly after 9 p.m., officers boarded the ferry and arrested a man for being intoxicated by drugs.

Officers say two men had boarded the ferry in a vehicle and the second person could not be accounted for.

“Officers initiated a search of the vessel for this individual but were unable to locate him,” the RCMP constable said. Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson Gary O’Brien.

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Officers then reviewed CCTV footage and said it appears the missing man may have exited the ferry upon returning to Nanaimo and then departed in a waiting taxi.

He was safe and sound by police around noon on Friday. His vehicle, which had been seized, was returned to him. The investigation is now closed, RCMP said.

BC Ferries earlier advised customers of ferry cancellations between Tsawwassen and Nanaimo on Friday following the police incident.

He also advised people traveling on Friday to expect heavy volumes of traffic from the Tsawwassen Terminal.

Ferries departing from Tsawwassen Terminal in Delta on Friday morning were about two hours late. The ferry from Duke Point to Nanaimo was also late.

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Some Coastal Inspiration and Coastal Renaissance crossings were canceled on Friday.

“Due to the incident, our crews have been working excessive hours and have been relieved of duty to ensure that they receive the required amount of rest,” reads the service notice posted at 8:45 a.m.

The canceled departures are:

• 3:15 p.m. sailing from Tsawwassen
• 3:15 p.m. from Duke Point
• 5:45 p.m. from Tsawwassen
• 5:45 p.m. from Duke Point
• 8:15 p.m. from Tsawwassen
• 8:15 p.m. from Duke Point
• 10:45 p.m. from Tsawwassen
• 10:45 p.m. from Duke Point

Some departures should sail, but with significant delays:

• 5h15 from Tsawwassen
• 5:15 a.m. from Duke Point
• 7:45 a.m. from Tsawwassen
• 7:45 a.m. from Duke Point
• 10:15 am, departure from Tsawwassen
• 10:15 a.m. from Duke Point
• 12:45 p.m. from Tsawwassen
• 12:45 p.m. from Duke Point

Delta police are at the ferry terminal Friday morning to help manage traffic.

BC Ferries customers who were planning to travel without a reservation today are encouraged to travel on another day as there is an increased likelihood of being turned away due to traffic volumes and numerous sailing waits.

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