On November 15 nine members of a dive club were plunged into frigid water near Victoria when their boat overturned in high wind and waves. They managed to retrieve a small portable marine radio and call mayday. Crews from RCM-SAR stations in Sooke and Victoria responded within minutes. Battling tough sea conditions, they pulled the casualties from the overturned dive boat, provided blankets and first aid, and transferred them to ambulances ashore. All nine divers survived.
This mission is another example of the importance of RCM-SAR’s top-notch training and equipment, made possible by generous donations. To support us, please click on the “Donate” link on this web site.