13.7 C
Kawartha Lakes
Thursday, June 20, 2024
No menu items!
HomeNewsPassengers Of Kawartha Voyageur Cruise Evacuated After Scary Lift Lock Failure

Passengers Of Kawartha Voyageur Cruise Evacuated After Scary Lift Lock Failure

KAWARTHA LAKES-Some scary moments for passengers on the Kawartha Voyageur in Kirkfield on Friday.

Ray Barlow had stopped at the lift lock with his spouse and his dog to remember old times when he says they heard some strange noises coming from the lock and then water started pouring out over the sides.

“All of a sudden there was all this water coming over the lock and it was like something shifted and it was making weird noises like distressed metal and clanking,” Barlow told Kawartha 411 News. “We took off because we thought this isn’t right, I have gone through this lock for years and it doesn’t do this. It was scary.”

Barlow says it was like you could feel the lock had moved backward a bit, it had tipped and the Voyageur was bouncing around inside it.

The Kawartha Voyaguer is a commercial cruise ship that holds up to 45 passengers. Barlow says it was at the top of the lift lock heading to Peterborough but had to be brought back down. It appears the gate was stuck and would not close all the way. Water was pouring over the lock onto the bow of the boat as it was lowered.

Water pouring through the gate onto the Voyageur below

The passengers were evacuated. It’s unclear if anyone was injured. Barlow says some passengers were shaken up.

Passengers being evacuated from the Kawartha Voyageur.

Parks Canada announced later that the lock will be closed for the foreseeable future due to a mechanical issue. There was no mention of an emergency. Today they have announced the land around the lock is also closed to the public.

Don't forget to sign up for our morning newsletter.

Catch up on all the local news while enjoying your coffee.

Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

Most Popular

Kawartha 411