Marine search and rescue assists coast guard in medical emergency

The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Canadian Coast Guard from Rupert responded on Nov. 30

At 3:20 p.m. the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue unit from Prince Rupert responded to a PAN PAN call for immediate medical assistance for a crew member on a fishing vessel.

When the RCM-SAR 64 reached the vessel, approximately 20 miles out by Qlawdzeet Anchorage, west of Kinahan Islands, 30 minutes later, the Canadian Coast Guard was already at the scene and helping the crew member in their open Hurricane Zodiac 753.

“Anytime we deal with medical, the rescue centre always wants a closed cabin with heat, for obvious reasons,” Marko Kessler, a RCM-SAR station leader, said.

READ MORE: CHINOOKS FLY IN COAST GUARD UPGRADES

The two crews from Prince Rupert worked together to get the patient on a stretcher and into RCM-SAR’s closed heated vessel, but the move was complicated by four and five-foot waves as well as 25-knot winds. The medic from the coast guard boarded with the patient and stayed with them the whole way, Kessler said.

Back in Prince Rupert, an ambulance was on standby for the patient.

In a Facebook post detailing the event, RCM-SAR called it a “fantastic inter-agency collaboration … to assist patient in need.”

Both the coast guard and RCM-SAR 64 cover 1,800 nautical square miles off the coast of Prince Rupert.

“Basically from the Alaska border down to Hartley Bay and halfway across Hecate Strait. It’s pretty huge,” Kessler said. “We supplement each other, if you will.”

READ MORE: B.C. SEARCH AND RESCUE STATS CLIMBING UP



keili.bartlett@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Royal Canadian Marine Search And Rescue

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Water Quality Advisory’ lifted for Prince Rupert

Some Prince Rupert residents are still under a ‘Boil Water Notice’

Liberals and Greens yet to announce North Coast candidates

North Coast candidates have until two weeks before the election to name contenders

Cullen confirmed as B.C. NDP candidate for Stikine despite party’s equity policy

Former Tahltan Central Government President Annita McPhee said the process made her feel “abused”

Planned upgrades didn’t go as planned

CityWest said a fibre-line break caused outages to all customers

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

‘Show us the money’ for cannabis, local governments tell B.C.

Municipal tax, transit revenues falling as costs rise

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

‘It’s a boy’: Southern Resident killer whale calf born to J Pod is healthy, researchers say

J35 had previously done a ‘Tour of Grief,’ carrying her dead calf for 17 days

People ‘disgusted’ by COVID-19 election call, B.C. Liberal leader says

Andrew Wilkinson speaks to municipal leaders from Victoria

Horgan blasts B.C. Greens for refusing youth overdose detention

Lack of support key to B.C. election call, NDP leader says

Most Read