Missing Passenger Found After Five Hours 

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.

The Canadian Coast Guard took over the search, deploying a hovercraft, a helicopter from CFB Comox and boats from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, a charitable lifesaving organization.Queen Of Cowichan

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.