Wednesday, June 20, 2012

3 Kayakers Rescued Off Vancouver Island

While kayakers in the Great Lakes are dealing with a paddling tragedy there, three kayakers had to be rescued from Estevan Point on the west coast of Vancouver Island yesterday evening by a Canadian Forces rescue helicopter. One kayaker rolled his kayak and as the other two paddlers assisted him, one of their kayaks was severely damaged on the rocks. All three were able to get to get ashore uninjured, but they were stranded. A passing boater noticed their plight and alerted authorities.
"They had all of the proper kayaking and safety gear with them," said Sergeant Steph Clavette, SAR Tech, "it was just bad luck that they rolled and then smashed a boat while helping their friend."
The three were hoisted from the cliff, and returned to their campsite.

1 comment:

  1. It's great to hear that the paddlers at Estevan were prepared for their mishap. And kudos for the SAR techs! Tragedies happen sometimes, no matter how well prepared we are.