Two kayakers were pulled from the water off Taylor Beach in Metchosin on Wednesday evening.
Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre Victoria confirms the alarm was sounded around 6:20 p.m. after two people out kayaking were reported to be in distress.
Capt. Richard Szegidewicz of JRCC says the two kayakers were about one kilometer from shore when one of the fishing kayaks capsized.
The second kayaker then also wound up in the water.
Both were wearing life jackets but cold water gear.
Three vessels and a helicopter were dispatched, and the two people were rescued around 7 p.m.
They were brought to Sandgate Road beach in Metchosin and treated by waiting BC Ambulance paramedics.
Metchosin Fire Department crews also responded.
“Report is they were out checking their crab traps, and its very windy out here and maybe a wave overtook them or something, and they ended up in the water,” said Metchosin Fire Department Chief Stephanie Dunlop.
There is no update on their condition, but both people were reportedly able to walk to the ambulance after being brought to shore.
Both were treated by BC Ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital.