Crew assist N.L. ferry stuck in ice near Quebec for more than 24 hours

Crew assist N.L. ferry stuck in ice near Quebec for more than 24 hours

BLANC-SABLON, Que. — Crews are assisting a Newfoundland and Labrador ferry that has been stuck in the ice-choked waters near Quebec for more than 24 hours.

The Canadian Coast Guard tweeted Friday afternoon that an icebreaker is escorting the Apollo ferry to port after being stranded near Blanc-Sablon, Que., since Thursday.

The ferry departed from St. Barbe on Newfoundland’s northern peninsula Thursday morning, but the normally less than two-hour trip to Blanc-Sablon was delayed when the ship got stuck in the ice in the Strait of Belle Isle.

The coast guard sent an icebreaker to help the ferry, but says it could not help the vessel due to a mechanical issue.

An operations manager with Labrador Marine says all 70 passengers on board the ferry are safe, food is available and there were cabins for people to sleep in overnight.

Dave Leyden says the delay has caused a “major disruption” to people’s travel plans over the Easter weekend.

The Canadian Press

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