05/24/2013 05:31 EDT | Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Lake Cowichan Boat Overturns, 14 People Rescued By Locals


VICTORIA - Police say 14 boaters are alive today thanks to the quick actions of some Vancouver Island residents, including an off-duty police inspector.

Insp. Andy Lacon of the Victoria Police Department and fellow residents of Youbou, B.C., heard cries coming across the water of Lake Cowichan just past midnight Monday.

Victoria police say local residents of the town, about 38 kilometres west of Duncan, called the RCMP before they sped to the rescue in their own vessels.

The rescuers found an overturned boat, nearly six metres in length, and 14 people in the water.

The boaters were from pulled from the water, ferried to shore and offered warm clothing, while members of the Lake Cowichan RCMP searched for anybody still left in the water.

The Lake Cowichan RCMP says all the boaters were safe, but one person had a dislocated shoulder.

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