Grounded boat prompts BC ferry rescue

Two boaters OK after ferry sails to rescue near Gabriola Island

A B.C. ferry travelling between Duke Point and the mainland has been involved in a rescue.

BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall says the Coastal Inspiration was called to assist Tuesday morning when a 10-metre pleasure boat ran aground off Valdez Island, south of Gabriola Island, in Georgia Strait.

Marshall says the ferry arrived just as two people in the smaller boat had been forced into an emergency dinghy.

The two people were taken aboard a coast guard vessel and are expected to be fine.

The rescue pushed the Coastal Inspiration 45 minutes behind schedule and travellers are being advised of the delay. (CKNW)

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected version. An earlier version said the two were taken aboard a ferry.