A 69-year-old stroke victim is in “satisfactory” condition in Campbell River General Hospital this week after being extracted from his remote Read Island home on Thanksgiving evening.
No less than three rescue vessels were dispatched to Read Island when the emergency call came in at 7 p.m. Coast Guard spokesman Phil Hawkins said both the 7.5 metre Campbell River One fast boat and the 16-metre Cape Palmerston were dispatched from Campbell River with the fast smaller rescue craft arriving on the scene first.
Quadra Island RCMP Const. Al MacLean said a police boat carrying two EHS personnel was dispatched from Heriot Bay and brought the patient back to Heriot Bay for ambulance transport to Campbell River.
MacLean said he understands that the victim is a long-time resident of Read Island and lives alone. He was accompanied by his brother.