DARTMOUTH, NS, 22 July 2022 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators following yesterday’s fire aboard the ferry Holiday Island near Wood Islands, PEI causing the evacuation of over 200 passengers.
The fire started in the ship’s engine room at around 11 a.m. AT, about an hour into its crossing from Caribou, N.S., to Wood Islands. P.E.I. More that 200 people aboard the ferry from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island had to be evacuated.
No injuries have been reported but the Northumberland ferry service announced on Twitter that all their ferries were cancelled for Friday, and Saturday.
“Today was a scary day for those passengers and staff on board the MV holiday Island, their families, and their loved ones,” said Dennis King Premier of PEI.”
The Premier also thanked Northumberland Ferries staff, first responders, police, coast guard, paramedics, fire departments, local fishers and all the volunteers who “responded quickly to support the passengers in evacuating the vessel and getting to shore.”
The TSB is gathering information and assessing the occurrence.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
SOURCE Transportation Safety Board of Canada