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UPDATED: Search called off for elderly man missing on ferry travelling from Victoria to Vancouver

Coast Guard and Air Force searched all night but didn’t find anything

UPDATE: The search for an elderly man who went missing from a BC Ferries vessel Thursday evening has been called off.

A vehicle had been left on the car deck of a Thursday evening sailing from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen and ferry staff were unable to locate the owner on board, once the ship docked at Tsawwassen.

Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC), Captain Stu Irvine, said they conducted a search in the water alongside the Coast Guard and Air Force. He said they used two planes in the search, a helicopter and a Buffalo search plane from 442 squadron in Comox, but did not find anything as of Friday morning.

The case has now been turned over to the Delta Police Force.

There have been instances in the past where passengers walk off the ferry and forget they drove on with a vehicle, Irvine said. Police will be investigating this further.

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