The following was posted on the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (Station 37 Sooke) Facebook page. To follow them directly, click their Facebook post below.
MAYDAY – Six Persons Abandoning Sinking Vessel in Sooke Basin
A vessel with six persons on board (including three minors) ran aground on a sandbank near Billings Spit: they had to abandon their vessel.
When our crew arrived on scene, the minors were safe on shore, and the adults being helped by a vessel of opportunity. All were wearing PFDs. Our crew transferred the adults and transported them Sunny Shores marina.
The vessel of opportunity picked up the minors and transported them to Sunny Shores where all were checked for medical issues.
Coast Guard IRB 501 arrived on scene and checked for any environmental hazards and noted the location before leaving the scene.
With the tide rising, the vessel was taking on water, aground and already partially submerged when our crew got back, so we were tasked to secure it in place with an anchor, before heading back to base.
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