Three people had to be rescued after their boat got too close to the shore near Sooke Harbour.
Search and rescue crews responded to a call for help after a 38-foot sailing vessel ran aground at Billings Spit while leaving the harbour just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 6.
“They had misjudged the height of the sandbar near the spit, which is pretty easy to do because it’s such a narrow channel,” said Ceara Mullin, station leader of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 37. “When we arrived they still had power, life jackets and a heater.”
According to Mullin, a resident from a nearby boat kept a close watch on the vessel while search and rescue crews headed to the scene.
Due to the combination of low tide and the deep-keeled boat, crews determined that a tow wasn’t possible. They dropped anchor and returned the next morning to re-float the boat. The small group was taken off the water around 8:30 p.m. and were dropped off at the marina just after 9 p.m.
There were no injuries reported and the boat was re-floated Saturday afternoon.
In total, four SAR members attended the incident, including a new member attending his first emergency scene.
“It’s great practice and luckily he was able to get a hands-on experience that wasn’t too intense,” said Mullin.
Three new members have joined the team since September.
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