Queen OK now, says ferries

  • Jun. 11, 2004 5:00 a.m.

The Queen of Prince Rupert is back in business, but not without incident. Amid plumbing leaks, medical emergencies, delays, and complaints, BC Ferries says it’s “just trying to keep things from being so interesting.”
A medical emergency aboard the Queen of Prince Rupert delayed the ferry’s departure by several hours last Monday.
While the ferry was still at the Skidegate dock, a man collapsed and had to be airlifted immediately to Victoria, said Ann Carpenter, BC Ferries communications manager. The man’s vehicle, with a dog inside, was left on the ferry and taken to Rupert, she said.
“This medical emergency combined with an extremely large load and delays coming up the coast from Port Hardy resulted in the departure being pushed back from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm,” said Ms Carpenter.
Meanwhile, a leaky pipe (not from a toilet, said Ms Carpenter, but from a clean water source) started dripping into some of the cabins. The cabins’ occupants had to be evicted so plumbers could access the pipes and fix them. Apparently things have been cleaned up.
“It’s all resolved now,” said Ms. Carpenter.