Sick sailor hoisted to safety off the B.C. coast

Rescue was technically difficult, as deck was pitching and rolling

Helicopter prepares to hoist sick sailor to safety

Helicopter prepares to hoist sick sailor to safety

Search and rescue technicians from the 442 Squadron in Comox scrambled to the rescue Wednesday after receiving a report of a crew member in trouble on a freighter off the coast of Vancouver Island.

The 740-foot cargo ship Mitose was about 130 kilometres northwest of the Island at the time of the emergency call, at 9:40 a.m.

The Cormorant helicopter and a Buffalo SAR airplane arrived over the ship at noon.

“We approached the stern of the ship and told the captain to turn in a direction that would create a stable platform so that we could safely hoist the crew member into the helicopter,” said Captain Luc Coates, aircraft commander of the Cormorant.

“We hovered about 50 feet above the deck, and hoisted our first Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) down. It was challenging because the ship was pitching up and down 15 to 20 feet and moving left to right.”

Once the first SAR Tech was on the ship, he attached a guideline to bring down two others and a rescue basket.

“The crew already had the patient ready to go and it was a quick matter of putting him in the basket and using the hoist and guideline to bring him into the helicopter,” said Sergeant Shawn Harrison.

Once the patient was on board, the helicopter flew to Port Hardy where he was put onto the Buffalo for a flight to Comox.

On arrival, he was transferred in stable condition to B.C. Ambulance and taken to local hospital.  The patient’s current condition is unknown.

 

 

• Vancouver Island University hosted the film Hitchhiking Across the Atlantic at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station on Nov. 14.

The film followed the adventures of Thorsten Boehnke, who started his odyssey in Kiel, Germany, and detailed the many people and animals he and co-adventurer Laura Winter, a marine ecologist, met along the way.

 

 

• Parksville isn’t the only area in B.C. calling off popular Christmas season events.

The annual Navy Lighting Contest for 2012 at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt has been called off for this year primarily due to extensive ongoing construction at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard.

“I fully recognize that the Navy Lighting event has become a tradition for many of us, including our neighbours in the community,” said Captain Bob Auchterlonie, Base Commander of CFB Esquimalt.

“My decision is based on a number of factors including the ongoing construction and renewal in HMC Dockyard, the ability for personnel to safely decorate buildings near the work being done, as well as the unavailability of ships due to operational and maintenance requirements.”

 

During the last Christmas season, nearly 5,800 visitors toured the HMC Esquimalt dockyard for the event, choosing their favourite from amongst the many decorated ships and shore installations at the base.

 

 

Just Posted

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville 2020 annual report now ready for public feedback

Documents can be viewed online; comments or questions to be submitted before noon on July 5, 2021

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased in Parksville

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

Emergency vehicles are parked outside of the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP investigate stabbing on Fourth Avenue

Two men were found with ‘significant’ injuries near Wintergreen Apartments

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

Most Read