BC Ferries: Sailings resume after cancellations due to high winds

The Queen of Coquitlam resumed its regular schedule for the Sunshine Coast after six sailings were cancelled early Saturday due to high winds.

The cancelled sailings included the 8:40 a.m., 10:50 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. sailings from Langdale and the 9:45 a.m., 11:55 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. sailings from Horseshoe Bay.

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A service notice on BC Ferries' website said the sailings were cancelled to ensure the safety of passengers and crew and that service would resume "as soon as it is safe to do so."

The schedule resumed mid afternoon with the 3:15 p.m. sailing from Langdale. The next sailing out of Horseshoe Bay is scheduled for 4:20 p.m.

Afternoon sailings also resumed on other BC Ferries routes that saw sailings cancelled Saturday morning.

Winds were reportedly so strong in Horseshoe Bay that a barge partially sank at Sewell Marina and nine boats had been swept up on the beach. Coast Guard was monitoring the situation.

Meanwhile, BC Hydro says the Sunshine Coast was among the communities hit by power outages Friday night and early Saturday morning. About 63,000 customers in the south coast region were affected as of noon Saturday. Anyone who sees a downed power line is urged to stay at least 10 metres back and call 911.



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