The Tofino RCMP recently rescued a man who had fallen out of his canoe.
The man was drifting in the ocean without a lifejacket and grasping onto the canoe when he called police on July 4 around 2:25 a.m., according to Cpl. Therese Cochlin.
â€œConstable Bullock and Constable Truong were on duty in Tofino and immediately responded to the call in the RCMP vessel,â€ Cochlin told the Westerly News.
The two officers located the man and pulled him to safety onboard their police vessel.
â€œHe was not wearing a life jacket at the time and was cold, but otherwise not injured,â€ Cochlin said. â€œA six pack of beer was observed floating away from his canoe when police arrived.â€
She said Coast Guard personnel helped transport the man and his canoe back to Tofino.
Police are urging all boaters to be prepared, and cautious, on the water.
â€œBoaters are reminded that they are required to carry the mandatory safety equipment for their vessel, including a lifejacket or personal floatation device for each person onboard,â€ Cochlin said.
â€œThe other obvious message is not to mix alcohol and boating as the likelihood of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved.â€