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Vandalized B.C. lake ferry gets volunteer TLC

12/23/2011 09:00 EST | Updated 02/22/2012 05:12 EST

The owners of a historic paddlewheel boat in Kelowna recently vandalized are getting an early Christmas present.

Staff at Talon Environmental Services, a local remediation company, are pitching in to help clean up the mess created by vandals who broke into the Fintry Queen earlier this month and did $30,000 damage.

The volunteers will be working to fix broken windows and shattered antique furniture, sweep up smashed crockery and repair walls smeared with food and graffiti.

The co-owner of the company, Mike Shantz, said his staff wanted to help when they heard of the damage done to the popular vessel.

“It feels great, and you know what, every one of our crew members, I said, ‘You guys don't have to come down, we'll take care of it,’” Shantz said.

“But all of our crew members said, ‘No, we’re going to support the Fintry Queen as well.’ Everybody is just as passionate as I am about cleaning this up,"

The boat's owner is trying to find a buyer for the 325-passenger vessel, which in the 1950s ferried residents and visitors to various communities around Okanagan Lake and had recently been rented out for dinner cruises.

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