kayakers were rescued from Georgia Strait near Nanaimo yesterday after flipping their double kayak. Luckily for them, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue units were training in the same area and were able to respond quickly. The kayakers were wearing PFDs, but were not dressed for immersion as they were dressed only in street clothes. They were in the water for only 20 minutes but were already showing signs of hypothermia when they were rescued.
According to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue's Facebook page (where the rescue picture is from), "The consequences might have been deadly if these Stations had not been training in that area at that time! Response time would have been 30 plus minutes from Ladysmith or Nanaimo. Met by the ambulance at Boat Harbour, these were two lucky fellows."
No word on the conditions at the time, or how the kayakers ended up swimming.