At approximately 4:30pm on Monday, May 22, RCMSAR Station Sooke was tasking by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria (JRCC Victoria) after concerned citizens at the Silver Spray development (Possession Point) could see and hear a lone kayaker blowing his whistle in succession.
FYI on whistle signals (accepted international whistle signals)
In some situations paddlers might need to signal each other immediately and the whistle hanging on your life jacket might be the best way to do it. Especially if you are too far to shout, or nearby towboats are too loud. Here is the system:
- One blow: ATTENTION — “Attention!” or “Look this Way!”
- Two blows: STOP — “I need to stop” or “Bring the group to a stop”
- Three Blows: EMERGENCY — “A paddler is in trouble” or “We have a problem”
The kayaker had drifted into the small bay east of Possession Point, where they lost site of him.
RCMSAR Station Sooke arrived on-scene shortly after being tasked, and located one person in small, isolated, rocky cove. The shoreline was too difficult for him to walk forest side with large cliffs on all sides.
We took the person off the shore and grabbed the kayak bringing him back to Jocks Dock.
His call for help was because the wind and waves had picked up. Concerned for his personal safety he went to find immediate shelter out of the elements.
He was wearing a PFD and had a signalling device (whistle) which alerted concerned citizens. Well done on everyone’s part.