A determined fisherman went to extreme measures to land his catch on Elk Lake Monday afternoon but not before prompting a rescue.
The man, who did not want to disclose his name, was fishing on Elk Lake around 3:30 p.m. when the seat in his small boat shifted as he tried to reach into the lake and grab his catch.
“I caught a big fish, went to reach for it and fell out of the boat,” the man said.
The man ended up in the frigid water but fortunately, the Saanich Fire Department and nearby fisherman responded quickly. The fisherman were able to stabilize the boat so the man could climb back in. The fire department’s Zodiac then followed the group back. to shore.
Capt. Rob Paton of the Saanich Fire Department said rescue crews are aware that at this time of year, being in the water for a short period of time can be dangerous due to the cold temperatures.
“It turned out to be a good story today. Nobody got hurt,” Paton said.
Not only was nobody hurt, the man even managed to hang onto his prize.
Here is his catch of the day:
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story included a quote from the fire department that stated that the Zodiac was able to stabilize the boat. The fire department clarified that nearby fisherman were able to rescue the man.