The weather on Saturday 18th July was perfect for the Canadian Lifeboat Institution’s ‘Lifeboat Day’ open house held at the Elliot Street Wharf in Ladner. The ‘Delta’ and ‘Fraser’ lifeboats were on view for the public to learn about the charities work and a number of Delta residents conveyed how pleased they were to have a lifeboat stationed in Ladner. Mayor George Harvie and Mrs. Harvie attended and voiced the cities gratitude for the Institution’s service to the community and how even closer ties to the City might be established.
Many generous donations were received and several possible new recruits were interviewed while the public were viewing.
At midday, a request was received to assist a 40 foot motor vessel aground on Roberts Bank with disabled hydraulic steering. The ‘Fraser’ lifeboat proceeded to assist with crews from Ladner and Steveston stations on board. Arriving on the scene as the tide was rising; the vessel was taken in tow with its lone skipper aboard and secured safely in Steveston for repair.
The very successful Lifeboat Day closed at 4 PM and thanks go to the City of Delta staff for their kind assistance and support.