The Vacancier set out from Cap-aux-Meules, Îles-de-la-Madeleine on Tuesday morning, but for the third time this season got stuck in the ice. Two coast guard icebreakers attempted to reach her and break her free, but could not get through the ice.
A third, larger icebreaker was dispatched Thursday but was expected to take 24 hours to arrive. In the meantime, however, the captain was able to get the ferry turned around and return to Cap-aux-Meules. They arrived at 4:30 a.m. Friday.
It was a three-day voyage to nowhere. The crossing between Îles-de-la-Madeleine and P.E.I. usually takes five to seven hours.
The Vacancier is expected to attempt another crossing Friday, but not to P.E.I. The ferry will give Sydney, N.S., a try instead.
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