Four people, including two young children, were saved in Cowichan Bay Thursday after the family lost control of their small fishing boat – leaving a five-year-old girl in panic.
Simon Pidcock and his crew were bringing a whale watching group back to shore when he saw a man in the water holding a toddler.
“We heard a faint yell, and I asked the gentleman if there was anyone else in the water, and he said, ‘Yeah. My brother is in the water.’ So we started looking for him and saw him. He was just breaking the surface – just his face basically above the surface, nose and mouth just about to go under.”
After rescuing them, the crew had to talk the five-year-old girl, who was still on the skiff doing donuts, out of the situation.
“We all started yelling at the five-year-old girl to pull the red cord that shuts the motors off. She was pretty hysterical at that point – a lot of crying and screaming. She actually reached up and grabbed that kill cord and shut the boat off. We got in and grabbed her. And there was actually a dog on board too. We got the dog in the boat.”
Four people were saved by Pidcock and his crew.
Nobody was hurt.
With files from Global News