WATCH: Rescuers plucked two men from the frigid waters of the Georgia Strait off Comox after their 32 foot boat sank
Rescuers plucked two men from the frigid waters of Georgia Strait off Comox on Monday after their 32-foot boat sank.
It happened about two and a half kilometres east of Cape Lazo around 11:30 Monday morning.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre says two men were on the oyster skiff delivering supplies to Savory Island when the vessel began taking on water and sank.
The men were in the water for 20 to 30 minutes before a family member on a nearby pleasure craft spotted the pair and took them on board.
A crew from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station in Comox arrived a few minutes later, searched the area for a fuel spill and debris before taking the survivors back to Comox.
“I’m quite certain they didn’t hit anything,” says Bob Hodgson of the RCMSAR Station 60 Comox. ” It could have been a through hull that gave way, it could have been a rogue wave that over the stern that weighted it down and caused it to sink. I think they did everything right — they called for help, they put on PFD’s and dry suit.”
The two men declined an interview but told rescuers that the boat went down extremely quickly.