Girl flees into ocean at mental health facility in Saanich

Two boaters are being credited for rescuing a 15-year-old girl from the cold ocean off Finnerty Cove this afternoon.

Two boaters are being credited for rescuing a 15-year-old girl from the cold ocean off Finnerty Cove this afternoon.

Around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday a young patient from Ledger House, at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s House in the Cadboro Bay area, was walking outside with a staff member when she ran to the beach and into the water, said Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie.

“The youth refused to acknowledge the direction of staff to return to the shoreline and the youth swam out into the middle of the bay,” he said.

Two boats nearby attended and pulled the girl out of the water, following a brief struggle. She was subsequently taken to hospital. Police say the teen was in the ocean for 21 minutes and was between 100 and 150 metres offshore.

“We are especially thankful for the assistance from the two boats and their occupants that rendered the timely help in removing the female from the water,” Eassie said.

Ledger House is a 13-bed facility for kids aged six to 17 who require hospitalized psychiatric care as a result of mental health issues such as trauma, anxiety, complex ADHD or depression.

The incident drew out and involved a small army of first responders – the Canadian Coast Guard, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, the Saanich police and fire departments, the Victoria Police Marine Response Unit, the Greater Victoria Integrated Police Dive Team, and the B.C. Ambulance Service. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre also dispatched a Cormorant helicopter to the scene.

Sarah Plank, spokesperson for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, says the organization will launch a review of its policies and procedures.

“Whenever an incident occurs we do review it because we want to make sure we’re doing everything that we can to ensure patient safety,” she said.

A patient’s access to the grounds – accompanied or not – is determined on a day-to-day basis, depending on their medical condition.

Plank said the girl was quickly released from hospital and returned to Ledger House.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

West Shore skatepark moves closer to fruition

Company estimates project will cost $600,000

Well-versed in national competition, trio heads to B.C. Summer Games

The three will be representing Zone 6 in boys field lacrosse

Canadian military gains valuable disaster experience at RIMPAC

Naval, air force and army personnel practise war activities, humanitarian relief

Canada men’s sevens team hoping for a top eight finish

Captain Harry Jones hopes to inspire rugby youth

Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson set to hit Rock the Shores stage

Other acts include Bahamas, Allen Stone and Bedouin Soundclash

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Non-union construction industry fears exclusion in B.C.

Premier John Horgan imposes ‘project labour agreements’ for public works

Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched summit

Trump and Putin arrived Monday at Helsinki’s presidential palace for a long-awaited summit.

In TV interview, Trump claims queen called Brexit ‘complex’

Asked the queen’s view on Brexit, Trump said: “She said it’s a very complex problem.”

Exotic corpse flower begins to emit its putrid scent at Vancouver conservatory

A unique and exotic tropical plant, acclaimed for its size and abhorred for its smell, is blooming at a Vancouver conservatory.

CREA reports June home sales down 10.7% from year ago, but up from May

The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in June were down 10.7 per cent compared with a year ago.

Tens of thousands give heroes’ welcome to Croatia team

Euphoria gave way to a mixture of disappointment and pride for Croatia fans after their national team lost to France in its first ever World Cup final.

Proposed charges will cost Saanich housing affordability

The head of the association representing home builders in the Greater Victoria… Continue reading

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Most Read