North Saanich man dies in waters off Sidney

Man fell overboard while boating with his wife on Sunday, June 3

A man died after falling overboard in the waters off the Saanich Peninsula Sunday afternoon.

The 55-year-old North Saanich man was knocked overboard as he and his wife were returning to harbour off Sidney on June 3 after a day of sailing. Emergency services were called to Tsehum Harbour around 2 p.m.

“Occupants of a nearby boat managed to quickly get him out of the water, but he was now unresponsive,” said Cpl. Chris Swain of Sidney North Saanich RCMP. “Emergency services and bystanders worked hard to save the man, but he died at the scene.”

The man was was not wearing a personal flotation device.

“Boaters and users of the water are reminded to use all safety equipment that is available to them, in order to prevent this type of tragedy from happening again,” Swain said.

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