Man rescued from engulfed vessel near Tofino

The vessel contained 1,324 litres of diesel fuel, 56 litres of motor oil, 113 litres of hydraulic oil and two 13 kg propane tanks.

A 14-metre fishing vessel caught fire about a kilometre off Meares Island on Sept. 23.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria received a report around 9 p.m. alerting them that the vessel was adrift and engulfed in flames.

Cpl. Aubrey Hachey of the JRCC told the Westerly News that Canadian Coast Guard vessel the Cape Ann was dispatched to the scene but, by the time it arrived, the one man onboard the engulfed vessel had already been rescued by a civilian vessel of opportunity.

Hachey said the man suffered some smoke inhalation but was otherwise unharmed.

The Cape Ann attended afterwards but the vessel was fully engulfed so they basically just warned people to stay clear,” he said. “Environmental response was advised and we handed it off to them.”

In an email to the Westerly News, a B.C. Ministry of Environment spokesperson said the vessel reportedly contained about 1,324 litres of diesel fuel, 56 litres of motor oil, 113 litres of hydraulic oil and two 13-kilogram propane tanks.

The Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response is the lead, and will continue to monitor the incident and provide updates as necessary,” the spokesperson said. “The MOE Environmental Emergency Response Officer has notified the First Nations Health Authority and Vancouver Island Health Authority.”

 

 

Just Posted

Ucluelet talks pot shops

Two applications are being considered as cannabis retailers.

Ahousaht students kick off school year with inspirational field-trip

Maaqtusiis kicks off year with two-night stay at Cedar Coast Field Station on Vargas Island

Surf’s Up event in Tofino offers a wave of positivity for families living with autism

“There’s no other opportunity like this for kids like Rylan.”

2019 FEDERAL ELECTION: Meet the candidates for the Courtenay-Alberni riding

In an effort to inform the Courtenay-Alberni riding constituents, we have supplied… Continue reading

Crew keeps worried mother at bay while rescuing entangled baby humpback near Ucluelet

“These animals are massive, they’re powerful and it really is dangerous.”

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

Most Read