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Pair rescued from swamped truck Saturday on closed Cowichan Bay Road

Two guys who ignored flood warnings on a closed Cowichan Bay Road Saturday morning are rescued by firefighters with North Cowichan
Two guys who ignored flood warnings on a closed Cowichan Bay Road Saturday morning are rescued by firefighters with North Cowichan's south-end hall as tides rose fast.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Two men who ignored flood-warnings on a closed Cowichan Bay Road had a soggy Saturday morning while being rescued by firefighters.

Around 8:45 a.m. the damp duo's 2013 Chevy Silverado hit the deepening drink between the highway and the tennis club.

Their black pickup stalled as water lapped at its undercarriage, Cowichan Bay fire chief Ken Bulcock explained.

His volunteer hall was called by RCMP, and Bulcock decided to call North Cowichan's hall's more manoeuverable Zodiac to the scene while the two men tried to start their swamped pickup.
"Water was up to the doors and bumper area," Bulcock said. "They thought they'd get it going."

But the daring pair had second thoughts once told rising tides were quickly pushing the water higher.

"It rose rapidly when we there," Bulcock said.

The Zodiac reached the truck, the two stranded guys crawled aboard, and were transported safely to shore.

It was unknown at press time if charges were pending against the pair that tried to drive across the closed road.

Flooding started during Friday's heavy rains.

Bulcock believed the road was marked closed by highway crews before the pair tried to ford the road.

They weren't the only ones who ignored those closed signs on the route notorious for flooding.

"Many vehicles took the option to drive through there again, even though it was closed," said a frustrated Bulcock.

"People try and challenge the depth of the water," he said, calling that thinking "poor judgement."

"If the signs are up, stay out," he stressed.

"Take an alternate route because resources are limited as to how were going to get you out."

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