02/27/2015 07:03 EST | Updated 04/29/2015 05:59 EDT

Ice-bound P.E.I.-Îles-de-la-Madeleine ferry returns to port

The CTMA Vacancier, the ferry stuck in the ice for days between P.E.I. and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, was able to turn around overnight Thursday and return to where it began its journey.

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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