Dock crash by B.C. ferry investigated

The operators of a ferry service in western Canada aren’t yet sure what caused one of their vessels to slam into a dock on Mayne Island this week.

Six people were hurt Tuesday when the Queen of Nanaimo banged into the dock at the Village Bay terminal.

A spokeswoman for B.C. Ferries told The Province that the captain of the vessel had dropped his anchors moments before the crash but could not immediately say if the ferry was under power when it made contact with the dock.

The company said in a written statement that divers checked the hull and discovered “a significant amount of rope around the propellers.” It was not known where the rope came from or if it contributed to a loss of control.

A replacement boat was brought in to take over the Queen’s regular schedule and damage to the dock was being assessed Wednesday.

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