Valley woman rescued after vehicle plunge at ferry terminal
On October 13, at 12:17 a.m., Revelstoke RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle incident at the Shelter Bay Ferry Terminal, located south of Revelstoke along Highway 23. The terminal’s manager told police that crews aboard the Upper Arrow Lake Ferry spotted the woman in the water, waving for help, and launched a rescue boat to retrieve her.
“Further investigation revealed that the woman had driven her passenger vehicle off the end of the loading ramp,” stated Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District.
“Investigators believe that the woman was alone inside her Ford Fusion, which was discovered fully submerged below the ramp. The location of the motor vehicle prevented the ferry from being able to safely dock and load and unload passengers.”
Although RCMP do not believe that any intoxicating substances were involved in this incident, front line RCMP officers ensured that the 51-year-old Elk Valley woman was fully examined to ensure her physical and mental well-being, O’Donaghey said.
A commercial dive team and tow company attended the crash site earlier this morning to pull the vehicle from the lake. The investigation remains ongoing at this time, being led by Revelstoke RCMP.
If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.
Lead image: Shelter Bay Ferry Terminal. e-KNOW file photo