While almost everyone was enjoying a day off work on a picturesque Victoria Day Monday, May 22, Sooke’s Station 37 answered two marine calls.
May 22, 2017 – Two Taskings for Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 37 Sooke
RCMSAR Station Sooke crews busy today with two back-to-back taskings.
Tasked by Canadian Coast Guard to investigate an overturned vessel south of Whiffin Spit.
Crew flipped the tender over to check for any signs of distress or any additional information that might help identify the owner. Nothing found and crews confident that there was nobody missing. JRCC updated and crews stood down.
As crews returned back from the first call, our crew members, still in rescue gear, they immediately departed for a broken-down vessel on the outside of Whiffin Spit. Arriving on scene, they spotted a personal fishing vessel very close to shore. The vessel’s crew, all wearing PFDs, were doing a great job keeping the boat off the rocks. The captain wisely dropped the anchor which kept his vessel just out of reach.
Taking a moment to assess the situation and plan a path through the rocks, we inched our way close enough to pass a tow line from our bow. We then reversed course and slowly pulled them out into safe water where we adjusted the lines to a stern tow. After a short trip, the vessel was safely secured at Sooke Harbour. We checked in on their crew to assure they were in good health, and then proceeded back to home base.
In other news, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 37 Sooke will be presenting a Delegation at the Regular Council Meeting today, May 23 2017. The following is from their Delegation Request form.
Request to appear and present additional detailed information on the role of the Society and it’s support of Station 37 in Sooke. Further financial details will be provided.
- Operational understanding of JDF Marine Rescue Society
- Relationship of JDFMRS to RCM SAR 37, station in Sooke
- Optional funding sources & yearly inclusion in budget
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