British Columbia

BC Ferries rescues guests from West Coast luxury resort

A BC Ferries vessel was called in to rescue some well-heeled tourists from a floating wilderness lodge that lost its moorings during a windstorm on Sunday.
The King Pacific Lodge is located next to Princess Royal Island on B.C.'s Central Coast. (Rosewood Resorts)

A BC Ferries vessel was called in to rescue some well-heeled tourists from a floating wilderness lodge that lost its moorings during a windstorm on Sunday.

The luxurious King Pacific Lodge near Princess Royal Island on B.C.'s central coast normally offers high-end ecotourism and fishing adventures. Prices at the exclusive resort range from $1,600 to $4,000 per person per night for its fishing and eco-tourism adventures.

But on Saturday Environment Canada issued a weather warning for the region, forecasting southeast winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour. By Sunday morning the floating lodge had lost some of its moorings, and management decided the guests needed to find a safer place to stay.

BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall says the Northern Adventure got a mayday call from the lodge during its morning run from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert.

"We turned our vessel around. We rerouted our ship. It was about 35 minutes north of the site of the floating fishing lodge and we arrived on scene at about 11 a.m. and there were 22 guests on board the lodge and those guests as well as their luggage were transferred over to the Northern Adventure," said Marshall.

Marshall said nobody was injured in the incident and the guests were safely transported to Prince Rupert by 1:30 p.m. PT.

Staff at the lodge say ten staff members were evacuated by boat to the nearby village of Hartley Bay and the resort was re-secured without suffering any damage and is now shutting down for the end of the season.

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