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Tugboat Capsizes in Skookumchuck Rapids

  • Comments: 8
  • Posted on: July 24th, 2009


Watch this incredible video of a kayaker rushing to rescue the men swimming for their lives in the Skookumchuck Rapids as their tugboat overturns while towing a large fuel and equipment barge.

This is amazing footage and the kayaker needs to be recognized for his heroic action in the raging rapids.

8 Comments! What do you think? Leave a comment below...
  1. Crystal said on July 24th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    WOW…That’s insane… A really, really bad spot for your tug boat to go over that’s for sure. When did this happen?

  2. heatherinbeautifulbc said on July 24th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    @Crystal :
    10 minutes before slack tide – on the 19th or 20th I think. The crew members are very lucky there was help nearby. Good lesson for all of us to be extremely careful near the Skookumchuck. It doesn’t often give up survivors…

  3. Sean said on July 24th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    10 mins before slack??? I didn’t look like it was running much… How badly do you have to screw up to dump your tug 10 minutes before slack?!

  4. Sean said on July 24th, 2009 at 11:34 pm


  5. heatherinbeautifulbc said on July 25th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    @Sean :
    I showed Grandpa the video and he thinks the current caught the barge, and the tug tried to pull it round, perhaps using more throttle on one engine – and the stars just weren’t aligned right for that skipper :(

    I was very impressed at how he stayed with his boat, yelling directions to the other tug to get a line on the barge and pull it out of there. Can you imagine if the barge had gone aground and spilled diesel… yikes.

    The guy the kayaker towed to safety is one lucky fella, huh – the story I heard was that he was sleeping when it happened but managed to get himself out and the kayaker spotted him when he popped up to the surface. I think he was the one who had a concussion and was kept in hospital.

    The others were at the Backeddy that evening, celebrating life – and hopefully buying the kayakers a beer!

  6. Crystal said on July 26th, 2009 at 12:34 am


  7. HeatherinBC said on July 29th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Ever seen a boat capsize? 4 Crew survive Skookumchuck Rapids accident – Frightening!

  8. Heather in BC said on January 25th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Time to hit the road to #Egmont, home of the Skookumchuck Rapids: Amazing rescue story!

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