Rough weather caused this sailboat to wash up on the south end of Goose Spit.

Rough weather keeps Marine Search and Rescue busy


It was a very busy weekend for members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 60 in Comox, as crews were called out four times over three days.

The calls had to deal with vessels in distress, explained Station Leader Drew Hadfield.

“The first one was a sinking 26-foot power boat in the Comox Harbour. It was at anchor and apparently was previously occupied by a live aboard person,” he said.

“The vessel was abandoned when our crews arrived and there was nothing further (that) could be done to salvage the boat at that time.”

The second incident Saturday was a sailboat which washed up on the south side of Goose Spit.

“Our crew were unable to assist with getting this vessel off the beach due to the lowering tide and weather conditions. No one was aboard the vessel when our crew were called to the scene.”


Hadfield said this serves as a reminder that fall weather is now bringing with it heavy winds and seas, which can cause issues with vessels moored or tied up in the harbour.



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