Arctic Response conducts a mission to retrieve crew members from the MV Lafferty ferry. Photo: Submitted
A ferry stranded in the Dehcho’s fast-freezing Liard River since Monday was safely moved ashore Wednesday night.
The crew of the MV Lafferty, stuck in the water outside Fort Simpson since an engine failed on Monday, had earlier been rescued with the help of specialists dispatched from Yellowknife.
The NWT’s Department of Infrastructure on Thursday confirmed the vessel has since been safely docked after languishing 200 metres from shore for more than two days.
The ferry sustained $500 worth of damage to its steering pump.
“With the seasons changing quickly and temperatures dropping, it was important to move the vessel ashore to prevent further damage,” a spokesperson for the territory said.
The ferry, which usually transports people and vehicles to and from Fort Simpson, became trapped in the ice on Monday – a day after its season ended – while being taken to its resting spot for the winter.