Man and his Dog Rescued from Gorge after Boat Capsizes
File # 12-37983
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Victoria BC – A 52-year-old Saanich man and his dog were rescued from the Gorge Waterway Saturday night after his rowboat capsized.
Around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday police received 911 calls after screaming and splashing was heard from the water near the Selkirk Trestle bridge. Arriving officers found a man clinging to the side of a moored boat, metres away from an overturned rowboat.
The man managed to hoist his small dog onto the moored boat, but it was evident that he was struggling to stay afloat. Thankfully a citizen using a motor boat came to the man’s aid to save him from drowning. The citizen, a 37-year-old Langford man, pulled him into the boat just as VicPD’s Marine Response Unit arrived on-scene.
The Marine Response Unit transferred the man to their boat and rushed him to awaiting paramedics at the rowing club’s docks. He was taken to hospital and held for observation until being released.
The dog was handed over to animal control, who were also waiting on-scene.