I was one of the passengers aboard the boat on Nov. 7 when the boat went aground. I have travelled across the boat many times so I am familiar with how it docks in Digby.
As I was gathering my things together, I noticed the bow was pointing towards Victoria Beach.
At that moment, I knew something was not right. I then heard a scraping noise and said to my friend, Erik Saulnier, “I think we just went aground.”
As I looked towards the bow, the crewmembers who were getting the ropes ready to tie the boat to the dock stopped what they were doing and you could tell that something was wrong.
Within minutes, we heard a very polite announcement informing us that we had lost power, and the wind and tides pushed us into the shoreline.
We were immediately told that there was no need to panic, and that they would keep us informed on the progress of the situation.
Shortly after, they gathered us all in the Sea Breeze Lounge, and briefed us on the situation.
Basically, we were told that there was no immediate damage, and we were not going to sink.
It was kind of assumed that we were going to be on the boat for a while, and it was not very long before the crew brought us coffee, followed by an assortment of sandwiches, wraps, desserts, and beverages.
To the crew I would like to say:
“I must say, in what could have been a stressful situation, there was no sense of panic whatsoever. In fact, from what I could tell, the passengers were calm, and viewed the situation simply as an inconvenience of time.
“Personally, I was simply thankful that this did not happen in the middle of the Bay of Fundy, because it was a rough crossing.
“We could see land, we were not going to sink, no immediate damage to the boat, and most importantly, nobody was hurt. That is a win-win situation in my books.
“This could have easily been a disastrous situation, but your professionalism, and calm approach made this simply an inconvenience of time.
“I would like to thank you all for the manner in which you handled this situation, answered any questions passengers had to the best of your knowledge, and for keeping us informed.”
Alyssa Frost, North Range
Alyssa Frost is a fourth year student at UNB in Fredericton NB and uses the ferry to travel and back and forth between school and home.