Pastor rescued after canoe tips

  • Sep. 18, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Pastor John Cann is singing the praises of God and a quick-thinking Port Clements resident after he was rescued from the waters of Masset Inlet Monday afternoon (Sept. 16). Mr. Cann said he set out in a canoe at around 2 pm to check his crab trap, which is about 200 or 300 metres offshore in front of his home at the Cedarview Community Church in Port. He makes this trip every day, but this time, there was a “small miscue” when he arrived at the trap and used his paddle to lift the line out of the water. “I lost my balance, slid off my feet and before I knew it, I was in the drink,” he said. “My canoe filled with water.” Mr. Cann was wearing a life jacket, and said he was not terribly worried, as his wife Del was watching from the shore and had seen what had happened. He shouted for help, and started singing. The water was not at all cold, he said. A man who lives across the street saw the accident, and rushed to Mr. Cann’s aid in an inflatable canoe after flagging down some other residents to watch his two grandchildren. The man – Mr. Cann doesn’t know his full name – helped him out of the water and into the inflatable canoe, and towed Mr. Cann’s canoe in to shore. In all, Mr. Cann said he was only in the water for about 10 minutes, and the only thing he lost was his Wellington boots. “I was totally at peace, he said.”I was singing out there… My wife was praying up a storm. We have a lot of faith. We just praise God that everything was okay.” Mr. Cann said he will be finding his resucer and offering him a full thank you.