A couple who set out to paddleboard off Victoria’s Clover Point ran into trouble this afternoon with a woman in her early 2’s having to be rescued after falling in the chilly waters.
Victoria police say they were called in around 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday and when officers arrived on scene, the woman was already on shore, being kept warm by bystanders.
“She was slightly hypothermic,” said Const. Steve Twardy.
The boyfriend, also in his early 20s, was not accounted for and a search ensued.
Four boats and two helicopters joined in but it was soon determined that he had made it to shore safely near Gonzales Beach.
“He’s an experienced paddle boarder,” said Twardy.
“However she wasn’t and he basically left her behind, he wasn’t even aware she’d gone into the water.”
VicPD is reminding anyone heading out onto the water at this time of year to be well prepared and properly equipped.