Ferry crew rescue boater who fell overboard near Vancouver Island, Canada

Baynes Sound Connector (Photo: BC Ferries)

The crew of a vehicle and passenger ferry successfully rescued a local boater after she fell overboard from her vessel near Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, on Tuesday, February 28.

The BC Ferries cable ferry Baynes Sound Connector responded to a request for assistance from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre after the woman’s partner called to say he needed help pulling her out after she fell into the waters of Fanny Bay.

The woman’s partner said she lost her footing as they were transferring supplies between their sailboat and a small inflatable dinghy.

Baynes Sound Connector then sent a fast rescue boat with two crewmembers to the sailboat’s reported position. The ferry crewmembers arrived within minutes and pulled the woman out of the bay.

The boater, who was wearing a lifejacket, had spent a little over half an hour in the water by the time she was rescued.

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