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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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Re: Sad day for BC marine SAR

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.
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Re: Sad day for BC marine SAR

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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No pictures of my own but





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Re: Sad day for BC marine SAR

I wonder if the victims' PFDs contributed to not being able to get out from underneath the overturned boat?
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Re: Sad day for BC marine SAR

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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