RCMP officers patrolling along the marine border in Georgia Strait rescued two people after their boat sank in the water.
On August 17, RCMP officers were out enforcing the Customs Act and Quarantine Act when they overheard a distress call on the marine channel indicating a boat was sinking and two people on board were being forced to abandon ship.
The RCMP vessel arrived on scene minutes later and located the ship almost fully submerged with the life raft still attached to the transom of the sinking boat.
Two people wearing life jackets were in the water holding onto a few floating items.
RCMP has determined that the boat had struck something as it traversed through Boat Pass.
The captain anchored the sinking ship and tried to use the life raft, but it didn’t function because the boat was sinking rapidly.
The 34-foot boat sank in the water and will be recovered in the future.
Fortunately, no one was injured.