Ferry workers save man with CPR from sinking boat

A B.C. Ferries trip took on a dramatic turn when a CPR was performed on a man from a sinking boat. The vessel made a detour to rescue a man from a sinking ship.

Sinking vessel

The 30-year old sent a distress call after his powerboat started taking in water west of Bowen Island, B.C. He had reportedly been taking a nap when he was awoken by his vessel’s bilge alarm.

Winnipeg first aid

The prompt delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is vital during emergencies.

According to Ferry spokeswoman Deborah Marshall, the man abandoned his boat and held on to a crate until he was rescued by workers from the Queen of Cowitchan ferry sailing from Nanaimo.

The 11.5 meter powerboat was nearly two-thirds submerged by the time the rescue craft reached him. A tugboat towing a barge also stopped to help. The ferry workers performed CPR on the man until he was transported by the coast guard hovercraft.

The man was transported to a healthcare facility and given treatment for hypothermia. Luckily, he is in good condition.

Immediate delivery of care

The prompt delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is vital during emergencies. The life-saving technique significantly improves the chances of survival. You can be prepared by enrolling in a first aid course today.

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