Fisherman rescued after falling overboard in Alberni Inlet – Saanich News
Search and rescue volunteers rescued a man near Port Alberni last weekend after he fell overboard from a fishing boat.
Shortly after midnight on June 26, 2021, a crew from the Royal Canadian Navy Search and Rescue Station 39 in Port Alberni was tasked with assisting a person who had fallen overboard from a broken down fishing vessel in Alberni Inlet near China Creek.
According to RCMSAR, the person had been in the water for two hours because the rest of the crew were unable to bring him back on board. The volunteer crew arrived at the vessel at around 12:50 a.m. aboard the Alberni Responder and found the victim hanging from a line on the port side of the fishing vessel.
The crew of the Alberni Responder installed a parbuckle – a rotating method of rescuing people from water – and removed the man from the water. He was taken by ambulance to the West Coast General Hospital.
“The victim was thought to be fine after treatment at the West Coast General Hospital,” RCMSAR said in a Facebook post.
Coast Guard Base Bamfield also sent ships to assist with the rescue efforts, and the broken down vessel was towed to Port Alberni.
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