Two adults were rescued by crew on the Port of Prince Rupert’s patrol vessel, the MV Charles Hays, after they were thrown from their jet boat on Sunday afternoon in the Butze Rapids.
At 3:47 p.m. on Dec. 11, Capt. Hailey McIntyre and Capt. Randy Knockwood spotted one of the individuals in the water, and responded to the scene. Once they recovered the man in his 20s he told them there was another person in the water closer to shore. The crew then rescued the second boater.
“Immediately after the rescue the crew of the Charles Hays notified the Coast Guard coordinated rescue centre to let them know the rescue as well as the position of the sunken jet boat,” said Michael Gurney, manager of corporate communications for the Port of Prince Rupert.
He added that both individuals were wearing their life jackets in the jet boat, and were uninjured with mild hypothermia.
The MV Charles Hays brought them to the Cow Bay Marina where their family and friends met them.