Boating

An off-duty Revelstoke RCMP officer and his 11-year-old son saved capsized canoers Sept. 6. (Pixabay photo)

Off-duty Revelstoke Mountie and son, 11, rescue capsized canoers

The two men tipped their canoe in Griffin Lake over the weekend

 

John Planaden (centre, grey shirt) treasured this photo of his family, which he loved dearly. His daughter, Stacey Weiland, said everyone in this photo had spent 10 days in Sicamous with Planaden before he drowned on Aug. 11, 2021. (Photo contributed)

In the heart of Mara Lake: Family and dive team reflect on recovery of drowned Alberta man

John Planaden called Sicamous a second home, was part of community for more than 30 years

 

Passengers are transferred to the Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay after they were picked up by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 27 when a charter boat began sinking off of Gabriola Island on the weekend. (Photo courtesy RCM-SAR 27)

14 people rescued from sinking charter boat near Nanaimo

Multiple vessels responded to mayday call from boat taking on water off of Gabriola Island

 

Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.

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Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.
Willie Thomson is seen here, working on the family’s sailboat engine. Delaying a mayday call can have costly consequences. Photo supplied.

BOATING WITH BARB – Delaying a mayday call can have costly consequences

Barb Thomson Special to The Record You’ve tried everything you can think…

  • Jul 21, 2021
Willie Thomson is seen here, working on the family’s sailboat engine. Delaying a mayday call can have costly consequences. Photo supplied.
RCMP officers take part in a rescue operation in a handout photo. RCMP have rescued two stranded boaters in northern Manitoba in what they say turned out to be a very Canadian rescue. The Thompson detachment received a report on July 10 that the boaters were stranded near an unnamed lake south of the northern city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Thompson RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT

Mounties tackle swamps, beaver dams to rescue stranded boaters in northern Manitoba

Officers tried to reach the boaters using a snowmobile trail, but they had to turn back due to swampy terrain

RCMP officers take part in a rescue operation in a handout photo. RCMP have rescued two stranded boaters in northern Manitoba in what they say turned out to be a very Canadian rescue. The Thompson detachment received a report on July 10 that the boaters were stranded near an unnamed lake south of the northern city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Thompson RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT
FILE – Linda O’Leary and Kevin O’Leary arrive at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. A lawyer for Linda O’Leary, the wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary, says his client was not impaired when she got involved in a boat crash on an Ontario lake that left two people dead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jordan Strauss/Invision

Linda O’Leary had ‘alert range’ of blood alcohol after boat crash, officer testifies

Charge relates to a collision that took place on Lake Joseph, north of Toronto, on the night of Aug. 24, 2019

FILE – Linda O’Leary and Kevin O’Leary arrive at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. A lawyer for Linda O’Leary, the wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary, says his client was not impaired when she got involved in a boat crash on an Ontario lake that left two people dead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jordan Strauss/Invision
The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)

3 generations of one B.C. family set to sail the world

Family sells off their land-based existence and settles into tiny home on water for world travel

The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)
Moorage at any of the Comox marinas is hard to come by. Photo by Barb Thomson

BOATING WITH BARB: Comox marina slips ‘among the most sought-after real estate on water’

Barb Thomson Special to The Record If you’re hoping to get moorage…

  • Jun 23, 2021
Moorage at any of the Comox marinas is hard to come by. Photo by Barb Thomson
This photo of Barb Thomson and her father was taken on a fishing trip at Beecher Bay, 1968. Photo supplied

BOATING WITH BARB: The serenity of boating is worth the cost

BARB THOMSON Special to The Record Here’s a boating story. My father…

  • May 26, 2021
This photo of Barb Thomson and her father was taken on a fishing trip at Beecher Bay, 1968. Photo supplied
The Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society supports the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Marine Rescue preaches safety on the water

Safe Boating Awareness Week runs from May 22-28

The Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society supports the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue. Photo supplied
There are plenty of boxes to check before getting your vessel on the water for the first time of the new season. Photo supplied

BOATING WITH BARB: Preparing your watercraft for the new boating season

BOATING WITH BARB: Preparing your watercraft for the new boating season

  • Apr 28, 2021
There are plenty of boxes to check before getting your vessel on the water for the first time of the new season. Photo supplied
A lot of smoke can be seen from a boat fire on the Crofton waterfront Thursday evening. (Facebook photo)

Man’s retirement plan vanishes in flames on the Crofton waterfront

Firefighters douse burning boat to prevent spread to nearby vessels as blaze delays Saltspring ferry

A lot of smoke can be seen from a boat fire on the Crofton waterfront Thursday evening. (Facebook photo)
Failure to adhere to your vessel’s maximum load capacity, as per its compliance notice, could result in having your marine insurance policy declared void. Photo supplied

BOATING WITH BARB: Compliance notices for small vessels integral to insurance coverage

If your pleasure boat is more than 78 feet in length you…

  • Mar 31, 2021
Failure to adhere to your vessel’s maximum load capacity, as per its compliance notice, could result in having your marine insurance policy declared void. Photo supplied
The cabin interior of the Thomsons’ Hunter 31 sailboat (after five weeks living aboard). Photo by Barb Thomson

BOATING WITH BARB: Life on a boat is incomparable

Just imagine this: one day the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over. To…

  • Feb 24, 2021
The cabin interior of the Thomsons’ Hunter 31 sailboat (after five weeks living aboard). Photo by Barb Thomson
On average, the Comox Station receives 60 call outs per year. Photo by RCM-SAR member Chris Beech, Media.

BOATING WITH BARB: Victoria JRCC and RCM-SAR Station 60 Comox work together to save lives

Barb Thomson Special to The Record Just imagine you wander down to…

  • Jan 19, 2021
On average, the Comox Station receives 60 call outs per year. Photo by RCM-SAR member Chris Beech, Media.
Barb Thomson and her husband enjoy the southeast views from Sandy Island. Photo submitted

BOATING WITH BARB: One island, three names

BARB THOMSON Special to The Record Here’s a question: which nearby marine…

  • Nov 18, 2020
Barb Thomson and her husband enjoy the southeast views from Sandy Island. Photo submitted
Industry Canada requires anyone operating a marine VHF radio to have the Restricted Operator Certificate – Marine (ROC-M) or be subject to fines up to $5,000.

BOATING WITH BARB: ROC-M a requirement for anyone operating a marine VHF radio

Operating a VHF radio without a ROC-M could cost you $5,000.

  • Sep 23, 2020
Industry Canada requires anyone operating a marine VHF radio to have the Restricted Operator Certificate – Marine (ROC-M) or be subject to fines up to $5,000.
Due to the lack of any kind of stop signs or traffic lights, common sense is called upon when determining right of way in the water. Adobe Stock image

Boating With Barb: Nautical ‘rules of the road’

Imagine this scenario: you are paddling a bright yellow kayak across the…

  • Aug 26, 2020
Due to the lack of any kind of stop signs or traffic lights, common sense is called upon when determining right of way in the water. Adobe Stock image
Boating (Stu Salkled/Black Press Media)

Amid summer sun, officials remind public to take water safety seriously

RCMP, Search and Rescue and BC branch of Lifesaving Society offer recommendations to those water-bound

Boating (Stu Salkled/Black Press Media)