Ferry service resumes after Saturday windstorm cancels sailings, pummels Horseshoe Bay

Regular ferry service to the Sunshine Coast has resumed after a major windstorm Saturday forced BC Ferries to cancel sailings and caused extensive damage at Horseshoe Bay.

Cleanup efforts at Horseshoe Bay continued Sunday morning as several boats drifted near shore after coming loose during Saturday's storm.

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The storm caused a breakwater barge at Sewell's Marina to sink, battered boats and sent a forklift into the bay.

BC Ferries said the heavy amount of debris in the water made it unsafe to run ferries in and out of the terminal.

On Route 3, three round-trip sailings were cancelled starting with the 8:40 a.m. sailing out of Langdale. The service resumed mid-afternoon with the 3:15 sailing from Langdale and continued for the rest of the day, shifting to a modified schedule in the evening.

Afternoon sailings also resumed on other BC Ferries routes out of Horseshoe Bay that also saw sailings cancelled.

During the day, 20-minute lineups for refunds were reported at the BC Ferries ticket booth in Horseshoe Bay.

The storm also caused power outages across the South Coast region, including the Sunshine Coast. As of 7 p.m. Saturday, BC Hydro said about 27,000 customers were still without power, down from more than 74,000 earlier in the day.

– With files from Vancouver Is Awesome

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