Nova Scotia

Search for car driven off Cape Breton ferry may resume

If an ice jam keeps floating out to sea, divers could resume searching tomorrow for a car that drove off the end of a ferry into St. Anns Bay in Cape Breton.

Police investigate whether missing Kings County man, 81, was behind wheel

Divers had to stop searching on Thursday when ice moved into the bay. (CBC)

If an ice jam keeps floating out to sea, divers could resume searching tomorrow for a car that drove off the end of a ferry into St. Anns Bay in Cape Breton.

Witnesses said a light-coloured vehicle drove onto the ferry and then off an upright ramp, plunging into the fast-moving water on March 25.

The divers were unable to find any trace of the car before their search was called off because heavy ice floes moved into the bay later in the week.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Craig Yorke said conditions have since begun to improve on the water.

"The ice has moved out to sea, the channel is free of ice, and probably a quarter of the bay is free of ice also," he said. "We are looking at bringing the divers back to Englishtown tomorrow."

Yorke said searchers still believe a missing Kings County man may have been behind the wheel of the car that plunged into the water. Kings County is part of mainland Nova Scotia, several hours drive away from the Englishtown ferry.

He said the description of 81-year-old Jerry Hengeveld 's car matches the one ferry workers saw on Monday night.

Hengeveld was recorded on a security video at a gas station near the ferry shortly before the car was seen going into the water.

Englishtown is located 61 kilometres northwest of Sydney.

The ferry runs across St. Anns Harbour connected to an underwater cable. It provides a shortcut to the Cabot Trail in northern Cape Breton.

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