Man rescued after clinging on to moored sailboat in Oak Bay
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:01PM PST
Last Updated Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:27PM PST
Oak Bay police say a man is doing well after he was rescued from the water during a Remembrance Day ceremony on Saturday.
Police were called shortly after 10 a.m. about a man in the water yelling for help.
Officers responded immediately and found the man clinging on to a moored sailboat in the bay. The sailor in his 50s was unable to pull himself on board, police say.
One officer kept an eye on the man from shore while another flagged down a nearby boater and hopped aboard.
The man was taken to the dock where he received immediate medical attention from paramedics.
According to police, he spent more than 25 minutes in the water and has since recovered.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these officers,” said Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties. “When describing the event to me, they were incredibly humble. In truth, they quite likely saved this man’s life.”