General News · 20th May 2017
“The waiting room is locked after the last ferry which makes me think it was stolen by someone on Cortes.”
How does the disappearance of something from a facility that is located in a structure on Quadra Island which is locked after the last ferry to Cortes Island implicate a Cortes Island resident as the thief?
A very small percentage of Cortes Island residents (walk on ferry passengers) would have had ready access to the item. Anyone on Quadra Island, especially those in the vicinity of Heriot Bay, would have had ready access to the item all day long, including the two hours between each and every sailing when no ferry crew is present at the scene. Cortes Island residents would tend to be in the facility at or near sailing times (walking onto the ferry), meaning the ferry crew are present or nearby and likely to hear the alarm.
Why do you “think it was stolen by someone on Cortes”? Please explain, Paul.
Comment by Carole Davidson on 23rd May 2017
" I apologize if I offended anyone, but I didn't realize that some people on Cortes are very easily put off! I mean no disrespect, but if you think that there are no people on Cortes who are capable of doing this, you are are sadly mistaken".
No one thinks for a minute that some one on Cortes Island isn't capable of this crime...what is offensive is the contention that ONLY someone from Cortes Island is capable of doing it.
its a good thing...
Comment by mike malek on 23rd May 2017
its a good thing we put a tracking device in it
Comment by the Editor on 22nd May 2017
As the original post from Paul Ryan was edited, and people are wondering what it is all about, it read the following:
The defibrillator stored in the waiting room of the BC Ferries terminal in Heriot Bay has gone missing, and presumed stolen. The box it is stored in has an alarm that sounds when the door is opened. The waiting room is locked after the last ferry which makes me think it was stolen by someone on Cortes. Why would anyone do this? If anybody has any info about this please contact me at pryan,,,island.net or Jeff West at Jeff.West,,,bcferries.com.
Comment by Radio Sean on 21st May 2017
I think it highly likely that someone with an addiction problem removed both defibrillators and they have since been sold on the black market. That person may have been from Quadra or Cortes, or somewhere else all together.
Unfortunately, in this day and age, anything valuable left unattended will tend to vanish in short order, whether it has alarms or not.....
Comment by Paul Ryan on 21st May 2017
It appears as though the defibrillator in th Whaletown waiting room is missing as well.
Comment by Paul Ryan on 21st May 2017
I have removed the comment in question from my post. I apologize if I offended anyone, but I didn't realize that some people on Cortes are very easily put off! I mean no disrespect, but if you think that there are no people on Cortes who are capable of doing this, you are are sadly mistaken!
Discrimination and generalization
Comment by Amanda Glickman on 21st May 2017
I was sad to see an assumption that that Cortes Islanders were responsible for a theft so readily for something that isn't located on Cortes Island. I don't really follow the logic. But then again, I failed to follow the logic when I was denied employment by a company in Saanichton because I was a newly married woman. Am I missing something?
Comment by Ron on 21st May 2017
No, I am not kidding.
Regarding “First of all”, are you saying that Cortes Island residents somehow have a higher propensity to open boxes with LOUD alarms to steal the contents?
Regarding “Secondly”, having sat in line there for more than an hour or two, here are few examples I have witnessed: tourists taking pictures and just looking around, kids with nothing better to do, and once, the Quadra RCMP to get someone (not a Cortes Island resident, maybe from Quadra?) who was having some issues off the ramp before the ferry could safely sail. I would also add the obvious, someone wanting to steal a defibrillator and not take the ferry to Cortes Island.
Regarding “Thirdly”, your speculation aside, the only conclusion that can be drawn from these statements is that the defibrillator was very likely taken during the operating hours of the Cortes Island ferry. How is this related to the residency of the thoughtless person who took it?
I think you are missing something, and that is you have made an accusation without any evidence to support it.
Let me help
Comment by Stephen Reid on 21st May 2017
Here is an example of something a bit more professional, especially if you are putting bcferry's name on it. Defribulator gone missing from Heriot Bay terminal. If anyone on cortes has any info contact such and such. Since I am clearly not a detective which all of you already know by now, I am not going to point the finger and blame anyone cause that would make me look foolish. Thanks and have a great day!
Comment by Paul Ryan on 20th May 2017
You have got to be kidding, right? First of all, when you open the door, an alarm sounds, and it is LOUD. Secondly, the waiting room is half way down the ramp to the ferry, and why would anyone walk down there and enter the waiting room if you weren't intending to board the ferry? Thirdly, I doubt that anyone would steal this in broad daylight, with a BCF employee in attendance. The waiting room is locked when the last ferry leaves at 6:50pm. There were no signs of forced entry. I'm not a detective, but am I missing anything?