A man rescued from Mud Bay Monday evening is warmed under the watchful eyes of the Coast Guard

Man rescued after sailboat capsizes off Blackie Spit

Rescue crews tasked to the waters off of Blackie Spit Monday evening found a chilled man clinging to an overturned sailboat in Mud Bay.

Rescue crews tasked to the waters off of Blackie Spit Monday evening found a chilled man clinging to an overturned sailboat in Mud Bay.

The call for help came in just after 5 p.m. The RCM-SAR5 crew – the Crescent Beach-based auxiliary search-and-rescue team – was dispatched by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre just before 6:30 p.m.

Spokesman Dean Donnelly said coxswain John Del Monte reported the man was found sitting on the hull of the overturned 15-foot craft. The vessel’s mast was buried in the mud of the sea bottom.

“The man had capsized his vessel sailing on two occasions and couldn’t get the vessel righted the second time after a lengthy attempt,” Donnelly told Peace Arch News by email. “Cold water and hypothermia had become a factor in his ability to deal with his situation.”

Hovercraft with capsized sailboat The Coast Guard hovercraft was also dispatched to the scene, due to the low water level.

The man, believed to be in his forties, was transferred to the RCM-SAR5 vessel, treated for mild hypothermia, and taken to Crescent Marina where he was assessed by paramedics and released.

Andrew Newman, with White Rock Sea Tours, towed the capsized sailboat in.

Newman said the sailor “reported that the wind was stronger than he expected,” and that he “had gotten very cold and tired attempting to fight the wind and current.”

“The male stated he had thought about swimming for shore but wasn’t sure he would make it. He commented that he could not believe how cold the water was,” Newman said by email.

JRCC marine co-ordinator John Rose said the distress call was among about 29 fielded that day.

 

Just Posted

‘Speed dating’ all-candidates meeting in Surrey zeroes in on homelessness and housing

Candidates mingle with residents at tables with various topics, in 10-minute intervals

Partial lane closures for Port Mann Tuesday, Wednesday nights

Drivers can expect delays during maintenance work: Mainroad

Surrey man drops one-kilo brick of cocaine as cops arrest him outside his house

Amanpreet Singh Gill serving two years less a day for possessing cocaine for purpose of trafficking

North Delta library featuring local artist in new exhibit

Internationally-renowned artist Jarnail Singh will have his art on display until Nov. 22

South Surrey pet blessing event to be held Sunday

All animals welcome to be blessed by Peninsula United Church

VIDEO: More cameras, police coming after Marissa Shen killed in Burnaby park

B.C. privacy watchdog worries that the cameras are a ‘slow creep’ to a surveillance state

Arborist killed by fallen tree at Maple Ridge Golf Course

Was working near the 9th tee box of the golf course.

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

Abbotsford raccoon dies from injuries suffered in a trap

Wildlife protection group offering $1,000 reward for information about incident

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Most Read