Pitched into chilly ocean

UPDATE: 3:25 p.m.

A dramatic rescue in the waters of Cowichan Bay ended a traumatic event for a family of four on Thursday night.

Capt. Dave Bowes of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says both adults and a child were thrown into the water while they were attempting to pull up a crab pot.

Bowes says a five-year-old child remained aboard the five-metre fishing boat while it turned in circles.

He says the operator of an eco-tour boat picked the trio in the water up and managed to instruct the child in the circling boat to hit the kill switch.

Bowes says none of the three who were in the water were wearing life-jackets, but no medical attendance was requested.

It's unclear what caused the three to end up in the water.

– The Canadian Press

ORIGINAL: 10:45 a.m.

Two children had to hit the kill switch when the adults on their aluminum fishing boat were thrown overboard.

The two adults were pitched into the chilly waters of Cowichan Bay, Thursday, when the throttle was accidentally bumped. They had been leaning over the side to pull up crab traps.

Rescuers say the startled kids were left in the five-metre boat as it revved in circles.

People on a passing boat rescued the parents from the water and coached the children on how to kill the engine. 

The adults were treated for mild hypothermia, and the children were unhurt.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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