Five people were injured and two were taken to hospital after B.C. Ferries’ Queen of Chilliwack suffered a hard landing at the berth at Port Hardy on Monday evening.
The captain reported he did not have full control of the propulsion system during the last few minutes due to an unknown mechanical failure, B.C. Ferries spokesman Mark Stefanson said.
One of the injured passengers was an elderly man who fell down a flight of stairs and hit his head as the ship docked.
The accident occurred just before 9 p.m., on the sailing between Bella Coola, on B.C.’s central coast, and Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island. The Queen of Chilliwack is 29 years old. Transport Canada will inspect the ship before it is put back into service.