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Woman swims to safety after boat capsized near Texada Island

By Contributor
April 29th, 2014

A woman was forced to swim for six hours to safety after a boat capsized near Texada Island Saturday (April 26).

Saturday a couple from Sechelt departed Half-Moon Bay on the Sunshine Coast in their small 16-foot boat, to spend the day fishing off Texada Island.

The couple encountered rough seas and inclement weather, and sought protection in a secluded bay. 

Some time later, believing the seas were subsiding, the couple headed for home.   

Once again, they encountered rough seas and their boat began taking on water. 

The boat ultimately capsized, sending both into the water.

The female survivor was eventually able to reach the shore and seek help from a Texada Island residence.  

Police were alerted, and a significant land, air and water search commenced through the coordination of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center.  The RCMP provided resources from the Texada Island RCMP Detachment, Powell River RCMP Detachment and the West Coast Marine Section as part of the search effort. 

At around 7 p.m. on Sunday (April 27) the man’s body was located in the water by search crews.   

The man has been identified as Jordan Patrick Beaudoin, aged 38, from Sechelt.

His name was released Monday by BC Coroners office.

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