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.
While on their way to the Victoria Classic Boat Festival the Delta Lifeboat received a CCG tasking for medical assistance to proceed to a position SE of Porlier Pass, where a suspected heart attack had occurred on a sail boat. We altered course and headed there immediately. While in transit, a call went to a whale watching vessel to see if there was a doctor on board. Turns out there was, so they were also tasked. The hovercraft was also dispatched. On shore an ambulance was dispatched from the south end of Galliano, but with no idea how to get to the 60ft sailboat. We were told to stand down when we were just 2 miles away. The doctor had attended, and discovered that the gentleman had sadly passed away, so our services were no longer required. The patient was transferred to the hovercraft, and taken to their base. We used the incident to provide us with real life training
From Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28 the Delta Lifeboat attended the Richmond Maritime Festival. CLI members were invited to attend a meet and greet at the renovated Net Loft at Britannia Shipyards on Friday evening. Running from 11:00 to 18:00 on Saturday and Sunday visitors were welcomed on the Delta Lifeboat. Huge crowds attended the festival and all that came aboard thoroughly enjoyed their time and had a chance to see how the CLI is part of Team SAR. Photos are from the Fraser Lifeboat prior to our morning training.
The Fraser Lifeboat responded to a possible person in distress call on Thursday 26 Jul 2019. As our coxswains were already aboard planning evening training, they were able to get underway in 7 mins. After arriving on scene and receiving info from a pleasure boat they spotted a person on the shore on an island opposite Garry Point Park. Info was relayed to CG Radio. The hovercraft Moytel arrived on the scene and we pointed to the person’s location. The Fraser was then released and the task was transferred to local police.
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The CLI frequently conducts extended training exercises where we take crew outside their usual familiar surrounding and comfort zones and introduce new challenges to keep honing skills.
On Saturday 06 Jul 2019, crews planned a 9-hour circumnavigation voyage of the Fraser River taking in both the South and North Arms. Working as a team, they took into account weather, currents, tide, and locations that we would be heading to. They decided to route Steveston>Gunderson Slough>New Westminster>North Arm Fraser to Mill Town Marina – planned lunch break, then Mill Town Marina> North Jetty> head south and stay east of traffic lanes to Sandheads>Steveston. Continue reading “Fraser River Circumnavigation Training Exercise – 2019”