There were some scary moments for a kayaker in the waters off Saxe Point in Esquimalt Wednesday evening.
A witness tells CHEK News the man wound up in the water when his kayak capsized around 6:30 p.m.
He was in distress and the two others he was kayaking with waved their arms and blew their emergency whistles to raise the alarm.
It was then that several people on shore including William Ross called 911.
“The guy was in the water for awhile and hanging onto the capsized kayak,” Ross said.
The Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre was alerted and a Coast Guard vessel was dispatched from Esquimalt.
Crew on a zodiac from Prince of Whales whale watching also heard the mayday call and, being the vessel nearest to the kayaker, sped over to the area with 12 tourists on-board.
They looked on as skipper Mark Malleson pulled the man to safety after roughly 30 minutes in the water.
He was taken to Macaulay Point Park where an ambulance was waiting.
Witnesses say the man was able to walk to the ambulance under his own strength.
There is no word yet on his condition.
“Job well done by all of the crew members,” said William Ross, who watched the rescue take place.