Man rescued from Departure Bay

NANAIMO - Coast guard auxiliary unit responds to call for man in water.

A senior is being treated for hypothermia after being rescued from the waters of Departure Bay.

The incident, according Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Auxiliary Unit No. 27, which reported it on Twitter, happened Monday morning when the marine rescue crew was returning to its base from another call and received an alert about a person in the water.

The report said a 64-year-old man, who was not wearing a lifejacket and had been in the water some time, was found about 150 metres offshore near the Pacific Biological Station.

The marine rescue crew administered first aid and oxygen and transferred the victim to paramedics on shore, who took him to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Nanaimo RCMP also attended the scene.

“There were some personal issues at play,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “He was removed from the water and he’s off to be evaluated.”