A ferry breakdown between southern Newfoundland and St-Pierre-Miquelon made for a long night for visitors who had become stranded on the tiny French islands.

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The ferry that carries passengers between Newfoundland and St-Pierre-Miquelon broke down Monday. (Courtesy Saintpierreferry.ca)

The catamaran-style passenger ferry broke down on Monday.

About 35 visitors who were stranded on the islands were flown to St. John's on Monday night on Air St-Pierre.

Then, they were bused to the Burin Peninsula town of Fortune, where the ferry arrives and departs, to pick up their vehicles.

An official at the terminal in Fortune could only confirm that there had been an unknown mechanical problem with the ferry.