Woman survives capsized boat, 6-hour swim and hike for help

The Strait of Georgia is pictured in this file photo. (Fotolia)

The Strait of Georgia is pictured in this file photo. (Fotolia)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 PM ET

A woman survived her boat capsizing in the Strait of Georgia in B.C., a six-hour swim in frigid waters and a hike through the woods to a cabin where she was able to call for help, rescuers say.

A man and woman were on a 17-foot speedboat when it overturned at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday near Texada Island, Lt. Paul Pendergast of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Victoria said in a report.

The woman, who was wearing a life-jacket, swam for hours before reaching the island. She eventually found the cabin and called for help at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday.

She told rescuers she had lost track of the man who was with her.

The man and woman were not identified, nor was their relationship disclosed.

Rescuers found a man's body on the shore of Texada Island around 7 p.m. Sunday. The RCMP is investigating.


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