Saanich man rescued from Gorge Waterway

Langford man comes to rescue of man and dog in waterway

A 52-year-old Saanich man and his dog nearly drowned Saturday night after his rowboat capsized in the Gorge Waterway.

Witnesses heard screaming and splashing around 9:45 p.m. and called 911, while a 37-year-old Langford man came to the man and dog’s rescue.

The Saanich man managed to hoist his small dog onto the moored boat, but it was evident that he was struggling to stay afloat, said Const. Mike Russell. VicPD’s marine response unit arrived shortly after and transferred the man to paramedics at the rowing club docks.

The man was taken to hospital and held for observation before being released, and the dog was handed over to animal control.

dpalmer@vicnews.com