WATCH: A medevac helicopter arrives near in Sooke to transport a patient after a rescue in the Sooke Harbour. Credit: Gillian Birkett/Facebook.
Four people were rescued from a Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue boat after it ran aground in the Sooke Harbour Thursday night during training.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) says the incident took place around 9:30 p.m. and three of the four on-board had non-life threatening injuries. Sooke RCMP said they received the report at 9:45 p.m. when JRCC requested police assistance for a boat that had run aground at Christie Point.
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Calvert and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) 35 Fast Rescue Boat from Victoria responded following the incident, as well as B.C. Ambulance and the East Sooke Fire Department.
RCMSAR rescued the four people on-board and took them across the harbour to a dock near Prestige Oceanfront Resort.
One member of the crew was transported by air to a Victoria-area hospital. Two crew members were transported by ground ambulance to hospital. The fourth crew member was not injured.
East Sooke Fire says one crew member was trapped in the boat and had to be extricated from the scene — at the end of Tideview Road. Officials add that one person suffered a crushed pelvis and another had chest injuries.
The vessel involved was from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue’s station 37 in Sooke.
JRCC says the vessel’s training was not related to the recent search and rescue exercises in the Victoria area this week.
The incident is still being investigated by the RCMP West Coast Marine Section.