Thank you to marine rescuers

Two weeks ago, my day trip to Discovery Island went bad. I wound up floating in the cold water, unable to re-enter my kayak or get to shore. In B.C.’s cold waters, there is a strong possibility of this being a deadly situation.

Looking back, I can see mistakes that I made and changes I will make for future. But I wouldn’t have that future if it weren’t for the people who rescued me.

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For saving my life, I have to thank Rueben and Brian at Ocean River Sports, who, with my wife, initiated the search for me when I didn’t return on time. As well, the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue units and Canadian Coast Guard units who searched the waters, and especially the crew from the Oak Bay RCM SAR who pulled me out and got me to shore.

Once out of the water, I was treated for hypothermia at Royal Jubilee emergency. I can’t say enough about the professionalism of the staff and the care I received. I was well taken care of.

In the end, my misadventure had a good outcome. It might take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a community, a dedicated group of volunteers and professionals, to save a life.

Thank you to all. You have given me a gift beyond all understanding.

Jim Cliffe


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