Canada Sailor gets big-time rescue after running aground south of Victoria

17:22  07 december  2017
17:22  07 december  2017 Source:   Vancouver Sun

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One local sailor may have got more than he expected when he called for help Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly after 6 p.m. a a sailor in a 26-foot sailboat called 911 to say he’d run aground while motoring in a strong current south of Race Rocks Light, about 20 kilometres southwest of Victoria. 

The sailor also put out a mayday call.

It turns out two Royal Canadian Navy ships — HMCS Yellowknife and HMCS Winnipeg — were nearby on a training exercise.

Also involved in the training exercise was a Sea King helicopter.

All three responded; the sailor was hoisted off his floundering boat by the helicopter and eventually ferried to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.

Volunteers from Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue also responded to the scene.

Whether the sailboat could be saved was still being determined Wednesday evening, a spokesman from the Joint Rescue Command Centre in Victoria said.

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