Mission, B.C. – October 23, 2016
Mission Search and Rescue would like to issue a warning to all local fisherman to be careful fishing from sandbars in local rivers and estuaries. There were calls to rescue stranded fishermen the last two Friday’s in a row (Oct 14 & 21) due to rising waters.
On Friday, October 14th, MSAR was called to the Stave River to rescue a fisherman who had waded downstream to a sandbar. Friday’s heavy rain and wind caused the waters to rise rapidly and when the fisherman attempted to return to shore, he was unable to. Fortunately, he called 911 and the Mission RCMP dispatched Mission SAR to perform the rescue.
On Friday, October 21st, MSAR was called out to the Norrish Creek estuary to rescue a fisherman and his two children who had crossed to a sandbar earlier in the day not realizing the waters could rise. The dad did the right thing by staying put and calling 911. The Mission RCMP deployed MSAR again to perform a rescue, this time of the dad and his children. Everyone was okay, just a little cold.
Before you go fishing, check whether there is a high stream advisory. Ensure you are properly equipped and someone knows where you are. And don’t hesitate to call 911 if you run into trouble.