Better safe than sorry. View Royal firefighters Heath Bevan and Rob Marshall search Portage Inlet for a sinking boat on Tuesday

Bad weather prompts reports of sinking boats

Reports of sinking boats in Portage Inlet Tuesday and off Coburg Peninsula Wednesday turned out to be much ado about nothing.

Reports of sinking boats in Portage Inlet Tuesday and off Coburg Peninsula Wednesday turned out to be much ado about nothing.

Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, Saanich firefighters and police scanned the Portage waterway for people in the water the rocky shore on Murray Drive. At the same time View Royal Fire Rescue launched its rescue boat from Gorge Park, near Craigflower bridge.

Firefighters motored around the waterway for about 20 minutes to no avail — no boats or people were in sight.

After some investigation, it turns out someone on Murray Drive reported to 9-1-1 that a boat was capsizing, although that boat was empty and tethered to another boat motoring to the Gorge Waterway.

View Royal fire Chief Paul Hurst said both vessels made it safely to shore near Tillicum Road. “There were no souls onboard (the sinking boat),” he said.

On Wednesday, a report of a capsizing boat off Coburg beach drew a Colwood Fire Rescue crew, but it turned out to be a buoy overturned in choppy seas.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry” and call 9-1-1, noted Colwood bylaw officer Kevin Atkinson.


Just Posted

PHOTOS: Check out the bells and whistles added to Westhills Stadium

Rick Stiebel/News Staff Clusters of tradespeople buzzing around busy with last-minute preparations… Continue reading

Victoria contractors file civil claims for work on Sooke Tim Hortons, Petro Canada

Contractors file civil suits against Petromaxx, T’Sou-ke First Nation

Both suspects arrested from Oak Bay armed robbery

Perpetrators allegedly used a firearm to rob Oak Bay Avenue resident

Saanich councillor slams McKenzie Interchange Project

Coun. Judy Brownoff said the project will only create more greenhouses gases and traffic

VIDEO: Come along for the ride on Tour de Victoria

Reporter captures video footage of his Tour de Victoria ride

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

66% of B.C. residents want opt-out system for organ donation: poll

Support was lowest in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces

Vancouver Island rainbow crosswalk covered in mysterious black substance

Black substance spilled intentionally near Qualicum Beach school and difficult to remove

RCMP originally planned to arrest Meng Wanzhou on plane, defence lawyers say

The allegations have not been proven in court. Meng was arrested Dec. 1 at Vancouver airport at the behest of the U.S.

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Ethics commissioner ready to testify on Trudeau, SNC-Lavalin: NDP critic

A new poll suggests the report hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

Prices showed strength in other areas, including an 18.9 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

Most Read