Search Comes up Empty after Ferry Passenger Reports Seeing Hand Gripping a Pull-buoy
A large search was underway in the Strait of Georgia after a B.C. Ferries passenger thought they spotted a hand gripping a pull-buoy in the water on Friday afternoon.
The Queen of Oak Bay was about midway through the 3 p.m. sailing to Departure Bay from Horseshoe Bay when a passenger told staff they had seen a hand holding onto a pull-buoy among some kelp, said Dylan Carter, a maritime search-and-rescue co-ordinator with the Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.
Ferry crew deployed life rings and searched the waters.
A Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft from Sea Island also responded, along with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue members from Nanaimo and a Cormorant helicopter from CFB Comox.
The ferry continued on its way about 6 p.m., after a 90-minute delay.
â€œWe donâ€™t really know how much credence to give that initial report,â€ Carter said. â€œWe doubt that there'd be a triathlete out there training at this time of year" Carter added.
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