-Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 37 Sooke, as posted on Facebook (links below)
Busy day for RCM-SAR Station Sooke yesterday. At approx. 6:30pm we were tasked by JRCC/CCG for our second long mission of the day.
A 36′ sailing vessel was declaring “pan pan” [SPN: a “pan pan” according to Google is an international radio distress signal, of less urgency than a mayday signal] over their VHF Radio approx. 1nm south of Beechy Head off East Sooke Park. With 4 persons on-board they experienced mechanical issues and required assistance into a safe port for the evening.
Station Sooke attached a bridle and tow line to the bow of their vessel and towed them safely into Sooke Harbour where we set up an alongside tow and brought them to the Government Docks.
The video below is from the actual mission last night. Crewmember Chris S. sending over the heaving line attached to the bridle and tow rope.