Ferry Crew Honoured by Minister
A swim in St. Anns Bay turned into a life-threatening experiencefor two visitors to Cape Breton earlier this summer. Today, theirrescuers are being honoured by Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. Staff from the Englishtown Ferry launched a rescue boat andplucked the swimmers from the dangerous currents of the bay onJuly 9, quick action that almost certainly saved two lives. “Two young people were saved this summer thanks to the quickthinking and excellent work of ferry staff,” said Mr. Russell.”It is my pleasure to honour these employees for theiroutstanding work.” Mr. Russell presented the four Department of Transportation andPublic Works employees — Kerr MacAskill, Glenn Christie,Charlene Vickers and Nelson Edge — with the Minister’s Award.The award is given to employees for outstanding action in thepreservation of life or the prevention of serious personalinjury. He congratulated the workers for their awareness and ability toquickly launch a boat and rescue the swimmers. The rescue took place around 5:30 p.m. on July 9. A man and awoman in their 20s were trying to swim across the bay, from theferry dock to Jersey Cove. Mr. MacAskill, the shift captain,realized the swimmers were unaware of the currents and quicklylaunched a rescue boat with the assistance of Ms. Vickers. Mr.Edge operated the rescue boat and Mr. Christie plucked theswimmers from the water. Although one of the swimmers had ingested a lot of salt water,thanks to the fast action of the rescue team, neither had to behospitalized.