On Saturday 15 Feb 2020, the Delta Lifeboat conducted crew training in the area known as the ‘Albion Box’ which lies on the south side of the Albion #2 Training Wall. It is a popular fishing area for commercial fishing vessels, but also a place where Recreational vessels sometimes become trapped after losing their way when entering the Fraser River.
The Lifeboats have responded to many incidents in the ‘Box’ over the years even though there is no Hydrographic information on the charts.
The morning exercise, held in heavy rain and fog, was to take sounding and add the information to the appropriate chart for future reference. Two new recruits were able to observe standing procedures onboard and witness several evolutions as well as stand a trick on the wheel. Fraser Lifeboat stayed outside the box and conducted plotting by AIS training for their crew as the Delta conducted its exercise.
After securing back at the Ladner Station, the crew cleaned ship and held a thoughtful debrief. As this was coming to an end, the Ladner Harbour Master advised that he had received a call from a concerned citizen that there was a small vessel requiring assistance in the Captain’s Cove area. There was no other information.
The report was passed to the JRCC who tasked the Delta L/b to proceed and search. The Lifeboat’s RHIB immediately departed to begin the search with the Lifeboat following. The RHIB searched Captain’s Cove and Deas Slough while the Lifeboat conducted a shoreline search of Kirkland Island. After 45 min. with nothing found, the Delta crew was stood down by JRCC and returned to station.
Although nothing was found, it was a most useful training opportunity.
The CLI was very busy at the Vancouver International Boat Show at BC Place. We have had quite a few people showing interest in joining. Our fundraising campaign is doing very well with a lot of donations, which is why Brian is smiling! These donations are SO important to us, as we have to always have alternative means of supporting our operations. Old and new crew members are doing a great job in engaging with the visitors. The Delta Lifeboat participated in the floating boat show part.
On Sunday afternoon the Delta Lifeboat crew responded to a request for medical assistance aboard a Dutch motor vessel in the boat show. Arriving on the scene by foot, members found a 49-year-old female had fallen 6’ down an open engine room hatch. The patient was in shock and severe pain. An assessment left the crew to believe she had a possible broken arm, damage to a knee and a concussion. The patient was removed with great difficulty and secured in the lifeboat stretcher, wrapped and treated for shock. An EHS ambulance was called. After carrying the patient to the head of the ramp members assisted EHS to load her into the ambulance for transport to the hospital.
That evening the crew were relieved to learn that no bones were in fact broken but a week’s bed rest was ordered.
The 2019 CLI Christmas Dinner was held this year again at The Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen on Saturday 14 Dec. Many crewmembers with spouses, partners, family, friends, and CLI supporters attended the dinner. All the attendees enjoyed the buffet and many were bidding on silent auction items that were donated by crewmembers and businesses. Ken Robertson was surprised by a Happy Birthday song. The Tsawwassen Legion Branch #289 donated $1,000.00 and we also received a donation of $250.00 from the 21 Club. All the proceeds of this evening go towards the CLI so we can keep on doing what we do best, Saving Lives at Sea.
Update: In grand total, we raised about $8000, well-done everyone!
Both the Fraser and Delta Lifeboats provided support to the annual Carol Ships parade in Ladner on Dec 06 and 07. Our vessels were decorated but still able to provide rescue functions if required. The Delta Lifeboat embarked a pipe band this year thrilling the locals as they passed.
On Friday, Dec 06, no calls for assistance were received.
On Saturday, Dec 07, as the Delta Lifeboat approached Wellington point we received a radio call saying there was a broken down vessel who was supposed to be taking part in the parade. One of the other fishing vessels had it alongside close to the North shore.
We quickly deployed fenders, got lines ready and came alongside where we were able to hook up lines 2 and 3. As line 1 was being attached we realized the vessel was very close to the shore, so the first tow vessel was able to cast off and start manoeuvring away. We then towed the broken down vessel away from shore to finish securing lines.
With everything secure, the Delta L/B continued to take part in the parade with the vessel alongside tow on the port side and they spent the night tied up alongside the Delta Lifeboat.
Over the Oct 2019 Thanksgiving long weekend, several CLI crews attended a Transport Canada Marine Basic First Aid course. This is the first of possibly 3 courses we hope to conduct over the next year. This gives our crews the necessary marine requirements as well as CPR and AED training. Even infants are covered. The certification is good for three years and then must be renewed. This 2-day course was well attended and as can be seen the crews had fun too. We thank Dr Singh for his very informative and fact-filled sessions!