On Saturday 12 Oct 2019, our coxswains received a phone call via a third-party source of a vessel requiring assistance and asked if we could help. A small black pleasure-boat was broken down in Ladner Reach. JRCC was advised of the incident. With 2 coxswains onboard, the Fraser Lifeboat headed to the scene and found the vessel with 3 persons all wearing life-jackets and in good spirits. The vessel was anchored.
Our crew determined that they had run out of fuel, so transferred a small amount to them that is used for our pumps. With the weather turning cold and winds predicted to pick up, the boat was able to get started and headed for Captains Cove Marina to fuel up and then would be hauled out at Ferry Road. Fraser Lifeboat headed back to Steveston base and stood down.
From 02-06 Oct 2019 the Delta Lifeboat provided support to the Naval Association of Canada National Conference in North Vancouver.
Moored at Lonsdale Quay, the Delta Lifeboat was given dock space by Seaspan so we could transport guests of the conference to the Seaspan construction site for a tour
One of conference highlight speakers, Martin Quinn, Commodore Royal Navy, who is Commander Maritime Reserves for the UK toured the Delta Lifeboat with John Horton
The Delta Lifeboat also attended the church service at the WW II memorial beside the BCIT Marine Campus in North Vancouver.
On 02 Sep 2019 the Fraser Lifeboat was conducting a safety patrol at the mouth of the Fraser River near Sandheads. A distress call was received of a sailboat taking on water near Steveston Harbour. As they made dock, Coast Guard did not task us, but left it to our discretion to check on them. We arrived approx 20 mins later and found them tied to Fisherman’s Wharf and slightly low in the water. The crew deployed our portable salvage pump and extricated a fair amount of water. The source of the leak was not found and the vessel decided to head to Ladner Harbour. Coast Guard Radio was advised of what we had done and the vessels intentions. Fraser Lifeboat stood down and returned to the river for further patrols.