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 sailboat. 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. Onshore 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.
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.
On Saturday 18 May the Fraser Lifeboat was conducting a Safety Patrol in Ladner, just off Ladner Reach. We discovered a small pleasure boat bumping into the shoreline. We were flagged over and advised his engine had quit. A tow was provided back to Ferry Rd boat launch near Captains Cove Marina. As this was supposed to be a test run, the operator had no life-jackets on board. A spare was provided during the tow. As the tide was too low at the boat launch for us to manoeuvre, he had to row in the last little bit. The event was called into Coast Guard Radio who were kept apprised of the situation.
The Fraser Lifeboat conducted 2 safety patrols over the Easter long weekend, one of Good Friday and one on Easter Monday. Crews sailed between Sandheads and Shelter Island Marina as well as the approaches to the Fraser River. We checked “Party Island” or also affectionately called “Gilligan’s Island” which had campers and a campfire burning. Continue reading “Easter Fraser River Safety Patrols 2019”