Search crews find lost swimmer


Submitted / Sunshine Coast RCMP
May 20, 2014 11:16 AM

Sunshine Coast RCMP and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) had a busy Saturday night trying to locate a missing swimmer at Georgia Beach.

According to RCMP Cpl. Steve Chubey, RCMP received a report of a lost swimmer at Georgia Beach on May 17 around 6:30 p.m.

“A witness advised that she had been hanging around with a woman at Georgia Beach she went into the ocean for a swim,” said Chubey. “The witness saw the woman swim out around 50 feet towards Gibsons Marina before she went out of view. After waiting an hour, the witness called police.”

Chubey said RCMP immediately activated search and rescue, RCM-SAR and Coast Guard. After extensive marine and land patrols, search and rescue located the female, unharmed, on Franklin Beach.

“The 44-year-old Coquitlam woman stated that she had went out for a swim and had been swept away by the strong currents,” added Chubey. “She was able to swim to a rock, where she remained for approximately two hours before she was rescued by two unidentified men on a boat, who returned her to Georgia Beach.

“As the summer approaches, the Sunshine Coast RCMP would like to remind the public to be mindful of water hazards and currents, and to ensure they notify somebody prior to entering the water.”

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