Dozens trapped on ferry
KINGSVILLE, Ont.—Dozens of people trapped overnight on a ferry mired in the sand of Lake Erie should be back on dry land soon, officials said today.
Susan Schremp, president of the Owen Sound Transportation Co., said a tugboat reached the Pelee Island ferry this morning and was expected to pull the stranded vessel to shore within a few hours.
Schremp said the M.V. Jimaan was 200 metres from shore when it became stuck on a sandbar around 1:45 p.m.
The Canadian Coast Guard immediately was alerted but determined conditions made it unsafe to attempt a rescue at that time.
The ferry is heated, and food and water were provided to those on board throughout the night.
The two-hour trip from Pelee Island to the dock in Kingsville, south of Windsor, usually is made two-three times a day.