Bay Roberts RCMP responds to overdue boater

Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador – On August 2, 2019, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Bay Roberts RCMP responded to a concern of an overdue boater.

A 55-year-old man departed Upper Island Cove, heading to Spaniards Bay in a small pleasure craft boat. After he failed to arrive at his destination when expected, his family became concerned.

Officers patrolled the roadway along the water’s edge between Upper Island Cove and Spaniard’s Bay but were unable to locate the boat.

RCMP Rescue Craft
(File Photo) RCMP Rescue Craft

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre dispatched a vessel from the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC) in St. John’s. A patrol of the water was made and the man and his boat were located on the shoreline at Bishops Cove, in an area that contained steep cliffs and a rocky shoreline.

After troubles with the motor, the boat drifted in towards the shoreline and the man, who was wearing a life jacket but had no cell phone, remained in his boat waiting assistance.

He was uninjured and was transported by the MRSC vessel to the wharf in Spaniards Bay. Bay Roberts RCMP encourages mariners to always communicate their travel plans with someone at home and to carry a means of communication while boating.

Bay Roberts RCMP

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