Two BC Ferries sailing were cancelled on Saturday morning after a crew member was injured. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries crew member taken to hospital after getting struck by bow doors

Two sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay were cancelled

A BC Ferries crew member was injured on the car deck of the Queen of Cowichan vessel bound for Nanaimo just after 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The 8:25 a.m. sailing from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay was about to depart when a female crew member was struck by the bow doors, explained BC Ferries spokesperson Chelsea Carlson. The crew member was taken to hospital by ambulance.

“We are conducting a full investigation,” said Carlson. She noted that WorkSafe BC will also be investigating the incident.

The next two BC Ferries sailings were cancelled – the 8:25 a.m. from Horseshoe Bay and the 10:40 from Departure Bay – in order for the company to begin an investigation, said Carlson.

BC Ferries alerted customers in line and thanked them for their patience, she noted. Folks with reservations were moved to the next sailing.

As of 1:25 p.m. sailings on the route were still 30 minutes behind schedule.

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