The lightkeeper at Entrance Island lighthouse off Nanaimo is being credited in part for the quick rescue of nine people whose boat was swamped Monday.
The incident happened at 1:40 p.m. as a pleasure craft filled with water and overturned one nautical mile north of Entrance Island.
The lightkeeper got in his boat and raced to the scene, plucking the people from the water and transferring them to the Nanaimo Port Authority vessel.
Two people were taken to hospital for treatment of hypothermia.
It’s not clear whether the boat’s passengers wore life-jackets or if they had enough on board.
The boat was righted, pumped out and towed to shore by the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue boat.