March 22, 2006
Canadian ferry sinks
BC Ferries says that at approximately 12:43 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, the Queen of the North hit a rock off Gil Island in Wright Sound.
BC Ferries Emergency Operations Center confirms that all 101 passengers and crew were safely evacuated via BC Ferries lifeboats.
Some of the passengers and crew have been taken to Hartley Bay, which is approximately 75 miles south of Prince Rupert. Others are on the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfred Laurier. Passengers and crew will then be transported to Prince Rupert via Canadian Coast Guard vessel.
Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfred Laurier was on the scene by 2:15 a.m. Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board have been notified.
The vessel had departed Prince Rupert at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday bound for Port Hardy.
The 125 m. 8,806 gt Queen of the North is a 115 car/700 passenger vessel originally built in Germany in 1969 and substantially refurbished in 2001.