Packed ferry smashes !!!
2005年 07月 01日
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A newly refurbished ferry packed with commuters and vacationers plowed into the wharf at a Vancouver area harbor on Thursday and smashed dozens of small boats, although there were no initial reports of injuries.
The ferry Queen of Oak Bay was entering Horseshoe Bay harbor northwest of Vancouver shortly after 10 a.m. (1700 GMT) when it appeared to lose power, causing it to run aground in one of the busiest passenger ports on Canada's West Coast, eyewitnesses said.
Media reports said about 1,000 passengers and possibly more than 100 cars and trucks were aboard the ferry, which was returning to the mainland from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island a day ahead of a long weekend in Canada.
Three hours after the crash, passengers and vehicles were still trapped on board the 140-meter-long BC Ferries-operated vessel, which was beached on top of several small pleasure boats that were moored in the picturesque harbor.
The cause of the accident was not immediately clear but CBC Television quoted the Coast Guard as saying a steering problem may have played a role.
"It is not believed that anyone is injured but we don't know for sure," Paul Skelton of West Vancouver Police told CTV News.
Divers were checking the waters underneath the 7,000 ton vessel to see if anyone had been on any of the moored craft.
"The collision was gentle," Shawn Atleo, a passenger on the ferry told CBC speaking on his cell phone from the vessel. He said the ship's crew had told passengers to "brace for impact" shortly before the crash.
Fire engines and ambulances quickly converged on Horseshoe Bay, a usually quiet seaside hamlet on the road between Vancouver and the well-known Whistler ski resort.
Tug boats had moved into the bay but reports said there would be no attempt to move the ferry until at least the next high tide, which is at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Because of the many waterways on Canada's West Coast, ferries are a regular mode of transport. The routes between Vancouver and Vancouver Island are one of the busiest with vessels crisscrossing the Strait of Georgia several times a day.
The Queen of Oak Bay ferry was built in 1981 but was recently refurbished at a cost of C$35 million ($29 million). It can hold 362 cars and 1,500 passengers and crew.