Eric Belec was pulled from the wreckage on Quebec’s Saguenay River, Canada, on Monday and rushed to hospital but died hours later.
A female passenger was also pulled from the vehicle and remains in a critical condition, Canadian police confirmed.
Dramatic CCTV footage captured the moment the vehicle soared over the edge of the ferry’s boarding ramp in the horror incident.
As the ferry pulls away from the port, its onboard passengers exit their vehicles and begin to walk around.
Out of the top right-hand corner of the screen, the white RV is seen approaching the ramp.
Failing to slow down, it flies into the air and lands onto the ferry only narrowly missing the passengers and vehicles.
The motorhome fell to pieces upon impact.
Yves Gauthier, a spokesperson for the Tadoussac fire department, said the boarding ramp was being raised when the accident occurred, around 12.45 on Monday afternoon.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Hugues Beaulieu said it appears a mechanical problem led to the driver’s failure to break, which is under investigation.
Many witnesses have since praised the driver’s “heroic” actions which may have minimised the casualties created from the incident.
As the RV sped down the steep Highway 138 – the road leading to the ferry dock – he sounded his horn to alert people and veered past oncoming cars.
Video taken from the stern of the ferry shows the ship pulling away from the terminal for its 10-minute journey across the Saguenay River from Tadoussac to Baie-Sainte-Catherine.
Cindy Desbiens, who was on the deck with her two children, told CBC: “It was like being in a movie. It [seemed] impossible that something like this would happen.”
Another witness Claire Gagné said: “There was a lot of panic. A lot of people almost got hit.”
It comes after a plane exploded into a Siberian sewage work – leaving two people dead.