After four people and a dog were rescued after a yacht started to take on water on June 30, the BC Coroner has now confirmed one of the people died.
Three people were rescued from a dinghy two hours after the initial mayday call was received, and a fourth was found in the water about an hour later.
The U.S. Coast Guard shared video of them rescuing the three people from the dinghy.
(2/2) The women were showing signs of hypothermia and brought to Victoria General Hospital. #USCG crews were alerted to the incident by @VicJRCC_CCCOS and were assisted by their crews. Weather on scene was reported to be winds of 23 mph and 5ft seas. @PenDailyNews
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) July 1, 2023
On Wednesday, the BC Coroner confirmed that it is investigating one death related to this incident.
“…can now confirm that we were indeed notified regarding the incident on Friday evening and are investigating one death resulting from it,” Ryan Panton, manager of strategic communications and media relations said in an email. “As we’re early in the process of trying to determine all of the facts I have nothing further to share at this time.”
The coroner did not say which of the four rescued people died.