The following was posted in the Sooke SAR Station 37 on their Facebook page, referenced under Resources below.
Nov.11, 2015 – Kayaker in distress
Just before 5pm on Remembrance Day, RCM-SAR Station Sooke was tasked to assist a kayaker who was in the water off the Muir Creek area.
It was getting dark and the last thing rescuers want to do is to start searching for someone in the water at dark. With 5 persons on-board we quickly departed our rescue station and headed for the Muir Creek area, which takes us approx. 15 minutes, weather conditions permitting.
As we were rounding Whiffin Spit the CCGS Sir Wilfred Laurier was near Sheringham Lighthouse in the middle of the Strait. They immediately responded and dropped their FRC Laurier 1 with 2 crewmembers. Their ETA was 10 minutes. As we rpassed Otter Point the waves started to pick up. 2-3 footers which provided some decent chop. Still able to maintain 30kts we had an ETA of 5 minutes.
We received notification from Coast Guard Radio that a shore party advised them that the person made it to shore, but was in an area difficult for ambulance to get too.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]We arrived on-scene and the RHIB Laurier 1, who arrived there minutes before us, put a SAR member on the shore to assist the kayaker who was suffering hypothermia. We stood by offering assistance where needed, bother vessels now station keeping in the dark close to shore.
Person was safely removed from the beach by BCAS and RCMP took the kayak which would later be returned to the person.
Another great example of inter-agency SAR work. Well done crew of Laurier 1. Thanks for your quick response. Pleasure working alongside you.
Thanks to CCGS Sir Wilfred Laurier for on-scene command and your support.