One drowned after sportsfishing boat capsizes

  • Jul. 14, 2008 11:00 a.m.

One man is dead and a woman rescued after a rented fishing boat capsized near Langara Island last week. The adult male and adult female were guests at an Oak Bay Marine Group floating lodge and on a self-guided trip. With winds at 10-15 knots and tight six-foot swells, the guests were out near the Langara lighthouse when their 17-foot open boat capsized on July 9. Both went into the water. Masset RCMP received the emergency call at 10:54 am and two officers were sent with the RCMP float plane to investigate, arriving in the early afternoon, said Sgt. Grant MacDonald. According to the police report, neighbouring boats rescued the adult female but when the male was located, he was unconscious. Individuals on the rescue boats administered emergency first aid while the man was transported to Langara Lodge. Once there he was pronounced dead by ambulance attendants who arrived by helicopter, said Sgt. MacDonald. The deceased has been identified as 61-year-old Bruce Stanley McDiarmid of Black Diamond, Alberta. The adult female was his daughter and she was treated and released. Mr. McDiarmid was said to be an experienced boater and both he and his daughter were wearing rain suits provided by the fishing lodge. The suits have limited buoyancy and neither was wearing a personal flotation device, which were also provided. Two employees from one of the fishing lodges in the area gave statements to police. Sgt. MacDonald said the police do not suspect any criminal wrong-doing. “At this time, its been turned over to the coroner’s office,” he said.

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