11/11/2015 03:38 EST | Updated 11/10/2016 05:12 EST

BC Ferries May Try To Recover $40K From Jumper

Rebecca Mersereau
BC Ferries says an incident in which a man threw one of its rescue boats overboard and jumped off a ferry cost the publicly-owned company around $40,000.

"BC Ferries knows that fare affordability is a concern of its customers and is looking at avenues to recover costs from the individual responsible," said spokeswoman Deborah Marshall in an email on Tuesday.

The BC Ferries sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay is usually non-stop — but everything ground to a halt when a man jumped off deck six last Wednesday night.

Passengers on the Coastal Celebration and the passing Spirit of British Columbia watched in shock as a man released a 100-person rescue boat, jumped overboard as the ferry passed Galiano Island, and headed to shore.

The extra costs include repair of the damaged life-raft, a replacement life-raft, overtime pay for the crews on both ferries and extra fuel, said Marshall.

A search was launched for the mystery jumper, and RCMP say a man they later arrested, naked and incoherent, in a suspected cabin break-in on Galiano Island, was the same man who leapt from the ferry.

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