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Propeller problem blamed for ferry crash

A mechanical problem is being blamed for an accident that saw a B.C.ferry ram a dock in the Gulf Islands north of Victoria, injuring fourpassengers and a crew member.

A mechanical problem is being blamed for an accident that saw a B.C. ferry ram a dock in the Gulf Islands north of Victoria, injuring four passengers and a crew member.

B.C. Ferry spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said engineers inspecting the ship after Tuesday’s crash found two steel dowels had dropped out of the securing mechanism on an oil distribution box.

She said that made the propeller inoperable, meaning the captain of the Queen of Nanaimo had no control as the ferry approached the dock at Mayne Island.

About 15 metres of rope was found wrapped around the propellers after the vessel hit the dock and Marshall said the rope may have created vibration which could have loosened the dowels, but the dowels themselves caused the accident.

 
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