Letters: rescue efforts appreciated

Marine search and rescue unit in Sooke helped long boaters

n behalf of the Monday Rowing Ladies, Sooke Classical Boating Society, I would like to thank the volunteers of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Unit (Sooke) for their timely assistance last Monday morning. Our longboat, the T’Sou-ke, was trapped by strong easterly winds against a lee shore in the basin and unable to make headway. The search and rescue unit responded within a half hour to our distress call. In short order they had tossed a line to our longboat and towed us out of danger and back to our berth at Jenkins Marine Industries.

The professionalism of the volunteer crew of the rescue craft, the Craig Dunn, was evident at all times. Their concern for our physical well-being was greatly appreciated. Boaters in Sooke and district are fortunate to be so well served by these very skilled volunteers who make the effort to hone their skills and make themselves available at all times to those in need.

Our thanks go to the crew: Britton Jacob-Schram, Ron Neitsch, Jason van der Valk, Rob Rowe and Stephan Dinn.

Judy Gilligan

Coxwain

Sooke