A ferry and a Soviet freighter collided Sunday (2 August) in the Strait of Georgia about 30 miles north of Victoria, British Columbia.
AERIALS OF THE PAO SHIPS, RETURN OF FERRY TO PORT, DAMAGE TO SIDE, INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF THE PASSENGERS.
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Background: A ferry and a Soviet freighter collided Sunday (2 August) in the Strait of Georgia about 30 miles north of Victoria, British Columbia. A mother and her child aboard the ferry were killed.
Neither ship sank although the freighter's bow was embedded 100 feet int he ferry's port side. The freighter appeared undamaged.
The ferry, the British Columbia Ferry Queen, used for moving cars and people and the freighter, the Sergi Yesonin, ran together shortly after noon in the Active Pass, a narrow passage through the Gulf Islands in the strait between the mainland and Vancouver Island.
Passengers put on life jackets and life boats were lowered as a precautionary measure as Canadian Coast Guard, charter and private vessels stood by.
The 426-foot ferry has a capacity of 161 vehicles and 1,200 passengers. The collision was the second mishap involving a ferry in two days in the Western Hemisphere. Saturday an interisland ferry capsized an sank in the West Indies, killing an estimated 125.