Deborah Marshall, director of media relations for BC Ferries, confirmed that the vessel was in Kitimat’s waters due to a medical emergency involving one of the crew.
A doctor on board, a passenger on the ship for its trip from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy, determined that the issue could have been life threatening and so the ship headed for Kitimat, the closest convenient location.
The patient was transferred to shore on the ferry’s emergency boat and Marshall said at last report the crew member was in stable condition.
It’s the first time Kitimat has been used as an emergency stop for a BC Ferry.
The BC Ferries ship the Northern Expedition was in Kitimat waters this afternoon.
A woman with her children watching the ship from the shoreline at Hospital Beach told the Sentinel it was a medical issue, however that has not been confirmed. An ambulance was seen heading away from the area with its sirens on around the time the boat was in the harbour.
By 2:15 p.m. the ship had its engines back on an appeared to be heading back down the channel.
We will post more information as it becomes available.