Tugboat rescue

A BCFerries crew are being credited with rescuing a tugboat on Jan. 20.

BCFerries crew are being credited with rescuing a tugboat Jan. 20. “The Captain on the Quadra Queen II was

contacted for assistance by a tug that had lost power near the Port McNeill terminal,” said Deborah Marshall,

executive director, public affairs with BCFerries. “Our vessel launched their rescue boat to provide assistance.

The tug company had another one of their tugs come and assist, so our rescue boat was stood down,” said

Marshall. “We’re always happy to render assistance to other boats if we can. Our crews are highly trained and

conduct a variety of emergency drills and we’re proud of their actions today,” she said. Port McNeill resident

Alan Jorgenson, who lives on Broughton Boulevard, watched the dramatic events unfold from his

window. Jorgenson was looking out when he saw “a little tug with a red dot off the front of it.” He grabbed his

binoculars and “I saw this Zodiac trying to pull this tug.” “It was held off of the rocks on Ledge Point by the Ferry

crew in the Zodiac,” he said. As Jorgenson watched, the tug was then hooked onto one of the tugs that service

the (Orca Sand & Gravel) gravel ships and then hooked onto by a second tug that towed it into Port

McNeill. “There were three vessels involved in the rescue,” said Jorgenson. The big red tug that is assisting it

“was taking spray over the bow. That’s how rough it is out there right now,” he said as he watched. “People ask

if I ever get tired of looking at the water,” Jorgenson said, to which he responds “no because it is always

changing. It never looks the same.”