On Oct 30, 2017, at 5.45 p.m. a passenger went over the side of the “Queen of Cowichan” about halfway between Vancouver and Nanaimo. A bystander on the ship reported that the victim may have removed her clothes and jumped over the side.
The ferry and the nearby “Queen of Oak Bay” began a search pattern, and their passengers were asked to help keep a lookout from the top deck. Passengers flocked to Vehicle Deck 4 to help keep a look out. After an hour, the ferries stood down their passenger-assisted search effort and returned to their normal service routes.
Despite the search party’s concerns about the odds of survival, the missing passenger was found alive after five hours in the water, clinging to a life ring. Her condition has not been reported.