A group of three university students working for the Canadian Coast Guard for the summer rescued eight people from a sailboat that ran aground on an island near Lunenburg, N.S., early Wednesday morning.
Marc Ouellette, a regional supervisor with the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, said the initial report came in at 3:20 a.m.
The 19½-metre sailboat (ex-VOR 60 – ed) drifted into Cross Island, near the entrance to Lunenburg harbour, after a sail went overboard and was caught in the boat’s propeller.
Ouellette said a Mahone Bay Inshore Rescue zodiac, which is used in a summer program employing university students, was dispatched. The three students on board were able to rescue the eight crew members.
“They start [on the] May long weekend, so they’ve only been operational for less than a week now,” Oullette said of the students. Read on.