04/05/2013 01:49 EDT | Updated 06/05/2013 05:12 EDT

Woman who went overboard from B.C. ferry rescued

A woman who went overboard from a B.C. ferry as the ship approached the Tsawwassen terminal, south of Vancouver, is recovering in hospital.

The coast guard said rescue boats quickly retrieved her from the water about 8:30 a.m. PT on Friday, and she was airlifted to hospital. Her condition is not known and it's not clear how the woman ended up in the water.

When asked whether she jumped from the ferry, BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said "it is our understanding [the woman] did not fall."

Officials have released no further details.

The incident interrupted ferry travel between southern Vancouver Island and Vancouver for much of the day.