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Old 05-03-2010, 15:25   #1
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Shipwrecked Sailor Rescued by Pilot Near Tahsis (Vancouver Island)

One very lucky man , this could have turned out much worse for him, considering the area, and the weather conditions.
But it is nice to hear about a happy ending. One wonders if this could have been avoided with a little preparation. Article does not mention his prior sailing experience. But one one thing going back out solo after what sounds like a pretty bad start to the trip.

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I have read the article and being familiar with the area, I am having trouble believing it. Both Tahsis and Port Alice are up very long inlets. If it is true, they are both very fortunate. The west side of Vancouver Island is a rock pile, which has the site of hundreds of wrecks.
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Wow what a rescue story...lucky man indeed!

You don't have to ask very many boaters around these parts to find out traversing the PNW coast line this time of year is foolhardy at best....But he obviously did not check the weather...we have had a low positioned off the coast this past week that has had the normal flows exaggerated by a good amount...Just watching one news cast would have shown he was looking at winds on the nose the whole of the Washington coast line...Not a good sail plan IMHO

Interesting comment about the old cement boat falling apart...Im guessing there might be more there between the lines then just a rudder issue.

I thought they had their geography mixed up until the part about being driven north came up.

Ya gotta love helicopter pilots...well done!
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The plot thickens

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A shipwrecked American sailor who was rescued from the rugged, remote coastline on the West Coast of Vancouver Island Wednesday has been arrested and detained for being in Canada illegally, RCMP say.
The man, identified in news reports as 56-year-old Keith Carver, was rescued by a helicopter pilot Wayne Goodridge who spotted him waving his arms on a rocky outcropping about 30 kilometres south of the tiny community of Kyuquot. He claimed to have paddled ashore in a rubber dinghy – after his 40-foot sailboat broke up in stormy weather – and then spent five days in the wilderness surviving on lichen and rainwater, Mr. Goodridge said.
RCMP arrested the man as he was being released from Port McNeill hospital Friday morning. He is being held in RCMP custody in Port McNeill pending the arrival of investigators from the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Vancouver Island RCMP Corporal Darren Lagan said that, while there is not a criminal investigation, police inquiries turned up information suggesting Mr. Carver is not admissible to Canada.
“We have reason to question his admissibility and that's why we've detained him,” Cpl. Lagan said. “It's got nothing to do with him being shipwrecked.”
Police are not in a position to provide details about the “other issues we uncovered,” he said.
Police said privacy legislation prevents them from releasing the suspect's name because he has not yet been charged with any offences.
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Very interested to hear more about the arrest. I would find it hard to believe he would be arrest just for washing up on shore. We Canadians are a little more inviting than that


I also agree there must be more to hull breaking up. While I don't want to see this turn into a "anti Ferro Hull: thread", I have a hard time believing the boat would just break up like there. There was no indication in the article that his struck anything.

Next few days should be interesting as the story unfolds.
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