Ladysmith boat mayday

Ladysmith RCMP vessel saved after taking on water

A Ladysmith RCMP vessel sent out a mayday call this past Thursday night after it began to take on water.

The inflatable boat struck a log in the water and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre broadcast the call just after 5:20 p.m.

The three officers on board did not suffer any injuries.

“The boat sent out a mayday call after it began to take water on board,” said Nick Epp-Evans from Ladysmith Auxiliary Coast Guard. “There was a larger RCMP boat closer [to the scene] and emergency services were called immediately.”

The smaller vessel hit the log at a point just south of Nanaimo in Dodd Narrows.

Epp-Evans confirmed Ladysmith’s coast guard associates instantly reacted and dashed to the scene but it was the nearby boat that proved the personified hero.

“The larger RCMP boat that was close immediately began to pump the water out of the vessel and tow it to shore,” he said.

The fact that it was close-by might have been a saving grace.

“Our boat was just starting to head down there at the time,” said Epp-Evans.

The vessel was indeed towed to safety with minimal damage done.

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