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. 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, and the vessel was anchored. Our crew determined that they had run out of fuel, so we 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 Cover Marina to fuel up and then would be haul 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.
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.