Four rescued after boating accident near Tofino

Vessel crashed between Tofino and Opitsaht Saturday night

Heroic bystanders joined the Tofino Coast Guard to rescue four people onboard a 14’ tin vessel that crashed between Tofino and Opitsaht on Saturday night.

MARPAC communications officer Janice Lee told the Westerly News that all four were rescued quickly after their first distress call went out and were transported to hospital for treatment.

Lee could not speak to the severity of their injuries, but a GoFundMe page titled ‘Emergency Travel from Alberta to Vancouver’ was launched on Sunday in an effort to raise money for the father of one of the rescued to travel to BC Children’s Hospital to be with his son.

“My cousin Rick Tom and his girlfriend Jessica are traveling from Fort McMurray, Alberta to be with his son [who] was in a boating accident last night Nov 2, 2019 on route to Opitsaht from Tofino,” the page reads. “[His son] was transferred to Vancouver Children’s Hospital. Rick left immediately after he heard the news to go be by his son’s side.”

The page had reached $245 of its $1,000 goal at 9 a.m. Monday.

This story will be updated as soon as new information comes in.



andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

READ MORE: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation seeks answers as search for missing fishermen continues

READ MORE: Dramatic rescue renews Tofino and Ucluelet’s pleas to bring lifeguards back to Long Beach

READ MORE: Donation from Jamie’s Whaling Station rescues rescue society

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo, Royal Jubilee to be Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 frontline hospitals

Other Island hospitals will be admitting COVID-19 patients and will be used in a support role

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

West Coast restaurateurs feeding the front-line

“My community was my main focus out of the gate.”

B.C. clears more acute hospital beds as COVID-19 case growth slows

Province holding about 40% of beds empty for peak still to come

75-year-old woman rescued from Cowichan Lake

Victim taken to hospital, but expected to recover

Not to become bored the game plan for COVID-19

Board game with an Island map developed by Island family just the remedy for filling time at home

As 500K+ apply for emergency benefit, Trudeau says aid coming for Canadians left behind

Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides $2,000 per month

UPDATE: UK PM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worse

He has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26

Travellers, travel agents ‘in agony’ over refund policies and customer service

Many Canadian carriers are offering customers flights rebookings or travel vouchers — but not refunds

Introverted and extroverted kids likely to react differently to COVID-19 restrictions

B.C. child psychologist says your parenting approach can’t be one-size fits all in social isolation

B.C. begins taking submissions for $2M COVID-19 research fund

Rural health, impact of shifting hospital resources among priorities

Most Read