It’s a close call between a BC Ferry and pleasure boat that could’ve been catastrophic.
Mounties are looking for the owner and operator of a small Grady White pleasure craft, which came within metres of the ferry back on July 26th.
Corporal Janelle Shoihet says a video showing just how close the boat came to the ferry tells the story.
“When the video came across our desk, it looks almost as if the boat disappears underneath the bow of the ferry at one point and comes out the other side. That’s tremendously close to the ferry and from a police officer’s perspective and looking at the video it looks extremely dangerous.”
A narrow escape that could have had disastrous results
Shoihet says several warning blasts from the ferry were sounded before the near miss, and the captain had to slow down the vessel, putting his crew and passengers at risk.
She says the captain spotted the Grady White enter the ship’s cross hairs within seconds.
“The boat approached them at about 25 to 30 knots before crossing their bow about ten metres towards the bow of the ferry.”
VP of fleet operations Jamie Marshall says it could’ve ended very badly for the small boat.
“This is a very rare occurrence, and that’s why we’re taking it very seriously because it had the potential of being a very serious and tragic event.”
Rescue would have ensued, now charges may be laid
The video of the incident posted by Mounties shows the small Grady White boat coming within thirty feet of the front of the ferry in the Swanson Channel near Saltspring Island.
“The vessel would’ve stopped and we would’ve had to launch our rescue boat and try to attempt to help the occupants of the vessel and recover them, that probably would’ve been the outcome.”
She adds charges could be considered if they track down the person responsible.