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Sad day for BC marine SAR

A zodiac with 4 marine rescue volunteers practicing in BC's Skookumchuck rapids, Sechelt, flipped over, two persons drowned, 2 rescued.

This is apparently the organization's first fatal incident.

These rapids run to 16 knots at spring tides, with large overfalls and eddies.

Global BC | Two Coast Guard auxiliary members dead after Zodiac capsizes near Sechelt

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OMG. Sandy saw this on the news ticker yesterday, but didn't see any details. We assumed it was a pleasure boater. Oh, this is just bad.

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Re: Sad day for BC marine SAR

Sad news indeed

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Re: Sad day for BC marine SAR

They really do out their lives on the line.

I have has a tour of the RHIOT training school at Bamfield; this does not look like one of their training boats.

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Re: Sad day for BC marine SAR

Jack, Faster, Miti and other locals - do any of you have some pics of Skookumchuk at full boil for the edification of our friends elsewhere.

Frankly, I'm surprised even rescue people would go into it - what could they possibly do to render assistance to anyone? As has been demonstrated by this tragedy, merely surviving them is extremely difficult.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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That is a good heads up for anyone, especially those who engage in training. Even if it is only a "practice" run the same dangers exist as in the "real" thing. The same precautions should be taught and used.

Rescue is dangerous stuff, my thoughts and prayers to their families.

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I wonder if the victims' PFDs contributed to not being able to get out from underneath the overturned boat?

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I have more pics at home, but these are on my PB acct already... Kayakers love the standing waves at the shore:



This shot gives you an idea of the elevation drop during a flood. Keep in mind this is ALL TIDE..


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These are my old stomping grounds. These Rapids are nothing to take for granted with up to a 17' rip wave, enough power to stop a 25 knot boat and whirlpools big enough to swallow a house and 100 ton tugs; it's not a good place to play. Almost every year 2-3 people are lost here, experienced, inexperienced the Skookumchuck (big waters) treats everyone not prepared the same. Every time I've gone through, I could have cracked walnuts with my crack.
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