News

Man safely plucked from ocean after boat capsizes

One man is safe after his 11-metre sailboat capsized and quickly sunk 12 kilometres north of Entrance Island just before 1 a.m. Friday.

Nanaimo Marine Rescue dispatched two boats to the area but the man, equipped with a dry suit and hand-held radio, had already been retrieved from the water by a Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft. He was treated at hospital in Vancouver and released.

The boat had sunk by the time rescuers arrived, said Steve Jackson, Nanaimo Marine Rescue Society spokesman.

“He was the only person on board and fortunately he was well prepared,” said Jackson.

What caused the boat to sink is uncertain.

 

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

VIU men want to play relentless style
 
Redmen lose rematch
 
Legal aid gets rare boost for family cases
Is CUPE running your city hall?
 
Cross Country: Mt. Doug look to cross up Oak Bay at Island championships
 
UVic home to Olympic showcase for rugby 7s
Coho are the fish to catch
 
Alberni hosts B.C. Junior All Native hoops tourney
 
Laplante stars in last-minute win

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.