The following was posted by Station 37, Sooke’s Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR), July 26, 2017. To follow them directly, click their post below. Here is their story.
TASKING: Three Paddle boarders in difficulty, east of Sheringham Lighthouse.
RCMSAR Station Sooke tasked at 5:59 p.m. this evening to a report from a concerned citizen on-shore that three paddle boarders appear to be having difficulty east of Sheringham Lighthouse.
Crews depart 11 minutes after receiving the tasking from JRCC [Joint Rescue Coordination Centre] and made their way into the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Four foot seas and restricted visibility to about 600 feet with fog was experienced from South of Whiffin Spit to Otter Point.
A fixed-wing aircraft was on-scene and had a visual report of the paddle boarders west of Muir Creek, but close to shore. We arrive on-scene 25 minutes after departing base.
Vancouver Island Lodge heard the VHF broadcasts and were off Sheringham Lighthouse and proceeded to assist us. Thank you, Ryan and guests.
We confirmed all paddle boarders had successfully and safely made their way into Muir Creek and back to the parking lot.
We appreciate all concerned citizens who keep a strong watch on the sea, even if people don’t end up requiring assistance.
Notifying the Canadian Coast Guard is the proper thing to do if you have any doubts.
We stand by on pager 24/7 to assist our community, the boaters and recreational users on the waters around Sooke.