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Man 'very cold,' but alive after rescue by BC Ferries crew off West Vancouver

Last Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 12:52 pm PDT

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre says person pulled from water after an "overboard" incident. (Courtesy Ian McCoan)

HORSESHOE BAY – Crew members aboard the BC ferry Queen of Cowichan saved a man who went overboard as the ship was nearing port in West Vancouver.

BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall says it happened about 9 a.m. this morning off Bowen Island.

Crews aboard the Nanaimo-to-Horseshoe Bay ferry launched a rescue boat and picked up the man who Marshall says was in stable condition, “but very cold.”

Two coast guards vessels also responded and Marshall says the man was transferred to the hovercraft and taken to shore for further treatment.

She says there’s no indication of how or why the man entered the water.