Vancouver Island mariner grateful after coast guard rescue

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A Maple Bay, B.C., man is grateful after the Canadian Coast Guard went above and past the decision of responsibility to rescue him after his boat misplaced its engine and have become adrift in tough seas.

“I used to be afraid and feared for my life,” recollects Juaning Higgins, the leisure mariner who was adrift.

According to the Canadian Coast Guard, the incident occurred roughly 5 kilometres off of the Trial Islands close to Oak Bay, B.C., simply earlier than 8 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Earlier that day, Higgins was bringing his 7.5-metre vessel he simply purchased referred to as the Mana Kai from Seattle again to his dwelling in Maple Bay on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island.

Shortly after he crossed into Canadian waters, Higgins says the calm waters shortly turned tough and the Mana Kai began to go astray.

Higgins was attempting to right and hold his boat’s bow pointed into the waves. That’s when the Mana Kai’s engine failed and he was in whole darkness.

“Everything was amplified because it was pitch darkish on the market and it was like I used to be in outer house,” he informed CTV News.

The Mana Kai is pictured on Oct. 20 on the waters south of Victoria earlier than the climate took a flip for the more severe. (Juaning Higgins)

Higgins was now susceptible, afraid and adrift.

“It instantly become a mayday after I wasn’t making any manner ahead and there was these waves on the [side of boat],” he stated.

The coast guard responded shortly from Victoria.

“The principal factor is that he referred to as us earlier than the state of affairs escalated,” stated Denis Taylor, officer in cost for the Victoria coast guard station.

Coast guard members needed to safe a tow line to the Mana Kai in two-metre seas. “The sea situations made it in order that we couldn’t get too near the vessel,” stated Taylor.

The Mana Kai was towed into safer waters the place Higgins was capable of board the coast guard’s 14-metre rescue boat, the Cape Calvert.

The Canadian Coast Guard ship, the Cape Calvert, is pictured. (Canadian Coast Guard)

Other than being shaken up and chilly, Higgins was in good situation.

The Mana Kai was ultimately towed to Oak Bay the place Higgins met his spouse who was on the cellphone with him in the course of the ordeal. She travelled down from Maple Bay to be with him.

The Canadian Coast Guard says incidents like this are quite common alongside our coast and that Higgins was carrying a life jacket and did every part proper, particularly when he referred to as for assist earlier than issues bought out of hand.

“You ought to by no means be embarrassed or afraid to name for assist, particularly out on the waters of Victoria or wherever on the coast right here,” stated Taylor.

Vancouver Island man Juaning Higgins is pictured along with his boat, the Mana Kai. (Juaning Higgins)

“Help seems like a failure but it surely’s not. Help is there for these which can be prepared to just accept it,” added Higgins.

Higgins was capable of restore the Mana Kai and proceed his journey to Maple Bay the very subsequent day. 

The Mana Kai is pictured in Maple Bay, B.C. (CTV News)

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