–Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 37 Sooke
At 1430h this afternoon, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria tasked RCMSAR Station Sooke to assist a sailing vessel with seven persons on-board taking on water south of Whiffin Spit. Ingress was due to a mechanical issue.
A Mayday broadcast was issued from Coast Guard Radio in Victoria. Good Samaritans in vessels of opportunity rushed in to provide assistance.
The Captain of the sailing vessel was able to stop the ingress of water.
An American registered Grand Banks M/V hooked up a tow and was willing to offer assistance bringing them into Sooke Harbour.
RCMSAR Statation Sooke arrived on-scene only 20 minutes after being tasked, crew with the de-watering pump ready. They relived the Good Samaritan and took over the tow into Sooke Harbour.
Canadian Coast Guard Victoria 1 arrived on-scene shortly after willing to offer assistance if required. Thankfully, everything was under control.
The Captain knew all the correct procedures and emergency duties for his vessel. All passengers were wearing their personal flotation devices (PFD’s). The sailing vessel was brought back safely into Sooke Harbour and all passengers back to shore.
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