Four 'ill prepared' for weather rescued on Bear Island
RCMP credit teamwork for ensuring group made it back to land safely
Teamwork is being credited for the rescue of four people who were stranded on Bear Island in Saturday’s storm.
On Saturday, shortly after 6 p.m., Digby RCMP received a call about four people stranded on Bear Island, located off Smith’s Cove.
An 11-year-old girl, a 12-year-old girl, a young woman who is 17, and a 20-year-old man -- all from Digby -- had gone to Bear Island with plans to camp for the night. However, the group was unaware of a nasty storm about to hit the region.
High waves and strong wind prevented the Digby Fire Department from launching its Zodiac, so the Canadian Coast Guard was called in to help.
The Coast Guard were dispatched from Westport to the area and was able to launch a rescue boat. By 10:30 p.m., all four people were picked up and brought safely to Digby.
“The four were ill prepared for their venture and showed early signs of hypothermia when rescued. They were treated by EHS on shore and released,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Rocky Calhoun in a news release.
Calhoun credits teamwork among the RCMP, the Digby Fire Department, paramedics and the Canadian Coast Guard who ensured a safe rescue of the group.