Dramatic rescue off the coast

Sailors had to be hoisted up after they lost their rudder in high seas

• Heavy seas and high winds proved too much for two sailors near Haida Gwai on Tuesday, forcing them to send out a call for help.

The sailors on board sent a mayday distress call at approximately 8:10 p.m. Monday night, after they lost their rudder, engine and sails in 80-kilometre winds and four metre seas, approximately 48 km south of Haida Gwaii Islands, in Queen Charlotte Sound.

The call was received at Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria and a Buffalo search and rescue airplane and a Cormorant helicopter from 19 Wing Comox were dispatched. The Buffalo aircraft arrived on scene first and dropped a two-way radio by parachute to re-establish communication with the sailors who had lost their radio shortly after sending the mayday.

“We assessed the situation and determined it was very dangerous for the people on board,” said Captain Jean Leroux, aircraft commander of the Cormorant. “We tried to put a Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) on the deck, but it was impossible due to the masts, loose cables and torn sails. We lowered the SAR Tech into the water to the aft of the boat and he swam to get on board.”

The sailors were able to throw a guideline to Richardson and help him aboard. Once on the boat, Sgt. Richardson and Flight Engineer, Corporal Kent Campbell aboard, the Cormorant worked together to hoist the men from the rolling ship approximately 55 feet into the hovering helicopter. Both men were flown to Port Hardy.

 

 

• Fans of maritime fun won’t want to miss this weekend’s Great International Bathtub races in Nanaimo. The race starts at 11 a.m. on July 22 at Nanaimo Harbour.

That’s just the capper though. The Nanaimo Marine Festival kicked off Thursday and continues to Sunday. The festival includes displays, a sail past, farmers market, entertainment and more. Visit  bathtubbing.com/facts.php.

 

Just Posted

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

Ballenas grad to perform opera and art songs in Parksville to fund Prague trip

UBC music student Juliana Cook was asked to study and sing in the Czech Republic

Qualicum Beach versus Parksville – who wins?

Councils could take part in first-ever lawn bowling challenge

Ravensong Waterdancers to get you in sync

Teams will perform 12 routines at watershow on April 28

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

Second earthquake in less two hours strikes off Vancouver Island Monday afternoon

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 staws each year

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Most Read