Flares fired from Shuswap lake sailboat lead to full rescue effort of empty boat | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source

Current Conditions

1.0°C

Vernon News

Flares fired from Shuswap lake sailboat lead to full rescue effort of empty boat

Image Credit: Shutterstock
July 13, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Salmon Arm RCMP is reminding lake users to let the authorities know a rescue has been successful once a call for help has been made.

According to a Salmon Arm RCMP media release, a caller from Blind Bay reporter that two distress flares had been spotted from what appeared to be a sailboat west of Copper Island in the Shuswap. Salmon Arm Search and Rescue investigated and Marine Search and Rescue were deployed to the seemingly troubled boat.

Sometime after Search and Rescue were deployed a small boat was seen leaving the area.

When Marine Search and Rescue arrived at the sailboat, they discovered an empty vessel with no-one on board. The boat was not taking on water and it appeared everyone was OK, said the release.

Salmon Arm RCMP is reminding boaters out on the water that if in distress to use all distress mechanisms at their disposal and if rescued because of a distress beacon, be it a flair, smoke or another signalling device, to contact the RCMP afterwards to let them know you are safe.

The media release says, this way the RCMP and Rescue and Rescue can scale down the response.


To contact a reporter for this story, email Ben Bulmer or call (250) 309-5230 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

News from © iNFOnews, 2020
iNFOnews

  • Popular vernon News
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile