– Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) – Station 37 Sooke
At 10:25 am, RCMSAR Station Sooke was tasked by the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria for a report of hearing cries of “Help” in the vicinity of Beechy Head. No further details were provided at the time.
RCMSAR Station Sooke departed home base to begin a search from Secretary Island to Alldridge Pt. in Becher Bay.
Coast Guard 501 out of Victoria tasked to search from Alldridge Pt. to Secretary Island.
With restricted visibility of less than 1/4 nautical mile, we knew the searching would be challenging.
Shortly after we began, a vessel of opportunity came up on Ch. 16 and said they could see a jet ski on fire south of Beechy Head, they were proceeding.
RCMSAR Station Sooke proceeded to that vicinity locating them using radar, sound signals and VHF radio. They had managed to take one person out of the water and confirmed to be the same person who had been calling for help.
RCMSAR Station Sooke came alongside and brought the person on-board and began initial care and treatment for cold water immersion and shock.
Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) 501 arrived on-scene shortly after and their rescue specialist came aboard to take over patient care and we worked together to re-warm the individual and monitor their well-being.
The decision was to transport the person back to Sooke on the RCMSAR vessel, with the CCG rescue specialist, and RCMSAR would place one of our crew on the CCG vessel, both vessels with rapid transport back to the public boat launch where Sooke RCMP and Sooke Ambulance (EHS – Emergency Health Services) were standing by.
Great team work and coordination by CCG and RCMSAR to quickly resolve the issue. We thank the vessel of opportunity for their quick reaction and getting the person out of the water.
Well done all!