Two elderly men who were rescued by COSAR after their fishing boat broke down September 13 have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
The gentlemen, both in their 80’s, were fishing McCulloch Lake when their outboard motor malfunctioned, leaving them stranded on a small island.
The pair showed up to a Central Okanagan Search and Rescue practice Thursday evening to personally thank their heroes one more time.
“We don’t really get a lot of people coming back afterwards,” said Duane Tresnich, Vice President/Media Relations for COSAR. “They came in and gave a little speech thanking us for rescuing them in the middle of the night. It was really nice.”
“When we get a call that two elderly men are overdue on a fishing trip, on a cold lake, it’s not normally a positive result. To find these guys on an island and safe was a huge relief.”
Tresnich says that it’s always better to get to know the people after a rescue, since often, in the middle of a rescue, they don’t have the opportunity to find out exactly what happened.
“It was just one of those things where the motor conked out,” said Tresnich. “They knew they had to get to shore and stay put. That’s what we like to hear.”