Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Stationb 27 rescued four people on Valdes Island Tuesday afternoon after their boat was swept out to sea.
The crew was training near Silva Bay when the call came for “wet People on the beach”
The Nanaimo crew was tasked by Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and went to Cradale Point where they found four people on the beach. They had been salvaging their belongings and equipment from the water.
The crew loaded them and their gear into the J. C. McGregor and transported them to Ladysmith. They were warmed up and their health was assessed on the trip to Ladysmith. One was treated for head injuries and as all were wet they were treated for hypotherimia. An ambulance was called for the injured person.
A Coast Guard vessel arrived as the J. C. McGregor crew was leaving the site. The RCM-SAR crew suggested that they could ensure the sunken boat was secure, it had been tied to a tree on shore, and to evaluate the full tank of fuel on the boat.