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Updated: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:41:34 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Woman survives 6-hour swim to Texada Island after boat sinks



One woman managed to survive after a small boat sank off the north end of Texada Island on Saturday evening. CBC

One woman managed to survive after a small boat sank off the north end of Texada Island on Saturday evening. CBC

A woman who survived a six-hour swim in the Strait of Georgia was the sole survivor of a boating accident on Saturday evening off Texada Island, near B.C.'s Sunshine Coast.

Two people, whose names haven't been released, were thrown into the water after their five-metre boat overturned about 100 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, according to Paul Tasker, a Maritime Search and Rescue co-ordinator with the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria.

"They were on their way back over to the mainland from the north end of Texada Island, and I guess in doing that, they encountered some rough weather, according to the survivor, and the vessel sank out from underneath them," said Tasker.

Incredibly, the woman swam back to shore in the frigid waters. But once she reached land, she still had to hike across the forested, mountainous island to find help.

"She managed to traverse Texada Island actually, and find a house where she called us and we were able to find out where she was," said Tasker.

The woman was suffering from hypothermia, but managed to reach help on Sunday afternoon. Her current condition and identity have not been released by officials.

"She later told us that there was another fellow that was in the boat with her, that once the vessel sank, they got separated and she wasn't aware of where he was," said Tasker.

"We started a search yesterday [Sunday] afternoon about 4 p.m. We searched for a few hours with several aircraft and vessels.  The missing person was eventually found on the beach on the east side of Texada Island."

The RCMP is investigating the incident.

Google Maps: Texada Island, B.C.

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