Threat made against Marine Atlantic

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The RCMP received a complaint from Marine Atlantic at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, advising they had received a security threat against one of their vessels. For the safety of all its passengers and crew there was a search conducted on board the MV Blue Puttees as well as the MV Atlantic Vision and it was determined there was no risk and normal operations resumed. The RCMP continue to investigate the origin of this threat and the persons responsible.

Organizations: Marine Atlantic, RCMP, MV Atlantic Vision

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  • David Wilson
    April 29, 2013 - 09:07

    This is no laughing matter. This type of action is terrorizing to people, both passengers and crew. Whoever is responsible should be treated as terrorists and have the legal system deal with them accordingly. Time to set an example.

    • Evelyn Rideout
      April 30, 2013 - 15:00

      I strongly agree. I was a passenger on the Blue Puttees, it is my understanding that we departed port on time at 11:45 and never returned. We boarded 2 1/2 hrs prior to departure and went to our cabin and was asleep prior to departure. We were not notified of a security breach until just before dockng the next morning and was still not informed what the breach was, it is only now i am learning that it was a bomb threat. While the threat of a bomb scare is terrorizing, it is more terrorizing to me to think that Marine Atlantic had a bomb scare and did not evacuate the vessell. When a bomb threat is received against a building, the first thing they do is evacuate the building and then have bomb squad assess the situation. It is only because there was no actual bomb that I am still alive today to talk about it, no thanks to Marine Atlantic or R.C.M.P. You want to hear something funny? Minutes after Marine Atlantic announced there was a security breach on board that night, they made an announcement that a back pack had been found, if anyone was missing it. Not knowing what the breach was, for a joke, I said to my husband and my father they should check that for a bomb! Now I wonder if they did check the backpack? I would like to know how long was it before Marine Atlantic and R.C.M.P determined that our vessell was safe and what was it they did to determine that? It still blows my mind the a bomb threat was received and there was no evacation, at least the Atlantic Vision returned to port and were about to evacuate all passengers, i know at 2:00 am we were steaming along out at sea. Our vessell took the threat real serious! I would like to know why both vessells were treated differently? To me there are a lot of unanswered questions and Newfoundlanders should be concerned of what protocols are as this is part our Trans Canada Highway and our only means to driving of island. It is too late when something serious does happen.

  • Kevin Power
    April 28, 2013 - 20:24

    There certainly are some very sick and disturbed individuals in the world. Inconveniencing people is bad enough, let alone the additional costs to everyone. The significant issue is terrorizing travelers, while the Boston Marathon bombing is fresh on everyone's mind. Absolutely astounding. i hope they catch the people responsible.

  • david
    April 28, 2013 - 17:09

    And so it begins. Some local nutbar with too much time and not enough braincells has officially set off the first false alarm. It's gonna be a long, frustrating summer....