File: 20-12914

Victoria, BC – A stranded woman has been reunited with her family after a Patrol officer purchased a ferry ticket to get her home.

On Wednesday, March 25th, a Patrol officer was called to the 800-block of Burdett Avenue for a report of an emotionally distressed woman. After speaking with the woman, the officer learned that she had travelled from Northern B.C. to Victoria with a man, who then left her alone in Victoria. The woman, who is intellectually disabled, was not familiar with the area and had difficulty navigating Victoria alone. In addition, she was unable to find a shelter for accommodation, and did not have any money.

The Patrol officer was able to get in touch with a member of the woman’s family, who then travelled from the Southern Interior to pick up the woman.

The officer, not wanting the family member to have to take the ferry back and forth to Vancouver amid the COVID-19 pandemic, drove the woman to the ferry and purchased her a ticket. The woman’s family member met the woman in Vancouver and transported her home.

The woman’s family was grateful for the assistance of the officer. “I really appreciate what the officer did,” said a member of the woman’s family. “He helped out a lot.”