A senior needed to be rescued from the water in Nanaimo harbour Monday afternoon after his boat started taking on water. (NICHOLAS PESCOD/The News Bulletin)

Bystanders rescue boater from Nanaimo harbour

Man forced to bail from small boat near Nanaimo Yacht Club

A man whose boat wasn’t seaworthy had to be rescued from Nanaimo harbour.

The incident happened Monday at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Tom Krall, captain with Nanaimo Fire Rescue said bystanders saw a man rowing a small boat near the Nanaimo Yacht Club when the boat began taking on water.

“He was rowing his eight-foot boat, which is not very seaworthy over, to Nanaimo,” Krall said. “It took on quite a bit of water. He tried to start bailing himself out, which wasn’t happening.”

Krall said the man eventually ended up in the water and bystanders rescued him before Nanaimo Fire Rescue, B.C. Ambulance Service and the Nanaimo Port Authority arrived on scene.

“Bystanders got to the breakwater and rescued him,” Krall said. “He’s lucky.”

The man appears to be in his 70s and lives on a bigger boat near where the incident occured, according to Krall, who said the man was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital but didn’t appear have any injuries.

“He was just a little hypothermic,” Krall said.


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