Ocean rescues left to chance


Re: Water rescue, July 5.

I see you made a front-page story out of a Good Samaritan rescue – with picture and all.


Re: Water rescue, July 5.

I see you made a front-page story out of a Good Samaritan rescue – with picture and all.

The story would have been better if you had some of your facts correct. I happen to be friends with the “passerby” who just “happened” to have his boat and motor on standby.

The truth of the matter is this is not the first time he and his wife have had to drop everything, rush to take their boat from their home and rescue someone in need. They live across from the beach.

Since no one bothered to ask them their names, I won’t be mentioning them either. Your reporter says a middle-aged man was rescued. Not the case. He was in his mid-20s and the rescuer is middle-aged.

(Editor’s note: The approximate age of the victim was provided by the Crescent Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary. No names were available.)

As I look at the picture on the front page, I am further disturbed.

Do you see the fireman on the beach? Do you see the very choppy water? Do you see the man being rescued helping his rescuer bring in the boat to shore fighting the waves?

We have been wondering for years why this waterfront community has no access to the water to help a swimmer or boater in distress. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is doing what they are told, but has anyone out there been on the water and experienced how far it is from Crescent Beach to White Rock beach? Driving here would have been much faster.

White Rock should have a small craft – a Sea-Doo perhaps – locked up and at the ready down by the shore. What about a lockup on the pump house at the base of Oxford Street? I am thinking it is too far in an emergency to get to the end of the pier in a hurry.

There have been many incidents with swimmers as well over the years, and we watched from across the street and hillside while firemen, policemen and paramedics watch from shore – none of them getting wet. Will it take another few deaths before this is taken seriously?

We are proud of our beachfront. It should be kept safe, and our community needs to be more responsible with our shore.

Please fill us in, is there a water rescue plan in place with our firemen, policemen and paramedics? We all need to know, and not only when there is a fatality. It is summer now, and we all need to know. Now!

Sharon Greyson, White Rock



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An Amica White Rock resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine during a Jan. 15, 2021 clinic. (Tracy Holmes photo)
PHOTOS: South Surrey seniors grateful for ‘freedom’ of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination clinics at Fraser Health long-term and assisted-living sites were to wrap up Jan. 15

Surrey Council Chambers. (File photo)
Surrey city councillors complain not enough public input in committees

City has gone ‘exactly the opposite direction,’ Councillor Brenda Locke charges

A Transit Police officer and another driver were injured on Nov. 4 in a traffic crash while the officer was responding to another officers call for help catching a man who escaped custody. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Police watchdog investigating Surrey crash that injured transit cop, another driver

Crash happened 11 p.m. Nov. 4, at 128th Street and 93rd Avenue in Cedar Hills

Friends and family of murder victim Paul Prestbakmo wore memorial masks outside Surrey Provincial Court Jan. 14, 2021. (From left) Family friend Tyler Whitley, sister Angela Prestbakmo, childhood friend Jimmy Slater, brother Steve Prestbakmo, Semiahmoo First Nation councillor Roxanne Charles and sister Liz Prestbakmo. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Two accused in 2019 South Surrey murder were ‘really angry,’ pacing at party: witness

‘We had this really strong gut feeling that something was really wrong’

Semiahmoo Rock
Record-setting 10 Semiahmoo Rock players selected in B.C. junior lacrosse draft

Kaleb Borg is the highest Rock player selected, going in the second round to the Coquitlam Adanacs

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the press theatre at the B.C. legislature for an update on COVID-19, Jan. 7, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 spread steady with 509 new cases Friday

Hospitalized and critical care cases decline, nine deaths

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Most Read