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Sooke Coast Guard Auxiliary Training Facility Burglarized

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TWICE.

As I was trying to sort out a ride to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit 37 – Sooke Christmas party on Saturday night, I found out that our building on MacMillan Road down Whiffen Spit had been broken into some time between Wednesday, December 17th and Saturday the 20th. I drove down to help our Fearless Leader, George Holmes board the place up and secure what was left to secure.

It turns out that the place was actually broken into sometime last weekend, but no one from the Sooke RCMP told us! The thieves returned this week and broke in again, kicking in the door to our equipment room and cutting a heavy lock on a storage cabinet to steal our laptop and LCD projector.

First, if we’d known our building had been targeted, we would have been able to go and secure it, instead of leaving it for the lowlifes to take advantage of again. RCMP Fail.

Second, we are a VOLUNTEER MARINE RESCUE organization. We help boaters in distress and occasionally SAVE LIVES. What kind of lowlife, loser scum breaks into a lifesaving organization and steals from them? Our unit receives very little funding from any form of government; the bulk of our expenses are paid for through donations, and that equipment you are now enjoying was used to train new members to keep them and the boating public safe at sea. You’re probably the same type of a-hole who knocks over the Salvation Army kettles or steals from the food bank.

So far as we can tell, the only things missing right now are our LCD projector, our laptop computer, and about $100 cash, but the place is a mess and we haven’t had a chance to clean it up yet.

By the way, the laptop in question is a Toshiba Satellite A100 Model #:  PSAANC – VA305C Serial # 27198710Q – if you see it out there on UsedVictoria or Craigslist, I’d love to have a story to tell about how the Internet busted these lowlifes. If anyone knows how to recover a laptop via its MAC address, I have that too, contact me please.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us, let me know; we’re always on the lookout for new members.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Cattle Rescue With the Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit 37 – Sooke

Once upon a time, I wanted to join the Coast Guard. I wanted to take off to Nova Scotia and attend the Coast Guard College, and spend my days at sea rescuing mariners in distress and patrolling the coast to prevent accidents and maritime pollution.

I never ended up going, but about a year ago I did the next best thing: I joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary here in Sooke. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer marine rescue and safety organization, which supplements the Coast Guard and other safety organizations in protecting lives at sea. The experience has been nothing short of exhilarating, having been out on numerous calls, crashing through the waves in our unit’s rigid-hull inflatable rescue boat. One of the advantages of my career in real estate is that it has a flexible schedule which enables me to respond to the rescue pager almost any time. Along with our rescue duties, our unit also provides pleasure craft safety checks to ensure everyone out on the water is as safe as possible before they leave the dock.

Me, Chris, and Robert in Victoria at a SAR Exercise last year.

Me, Robert, Chris, and George in Victoria at a SAR Exercise last year.

Last night, our unit was supposed to go out on the water for some training. Because I have the worst cold I’ve ever had (in summer, no less) I didn’t attend. But talking to my friend Jason van der Valk of Edgeflow Media, who is also a member, the training turned into a rescue of sorts. It turns out that a young cow had fallen from the edge of its pasture on to the rocky beach below. Surrounded by high cliffs and deep water, it was stuck there. So, our unit went out to see what they could do for the animal, which was located just east of Sheringham Point. After comforting the cow with some hay, it was determined that some veteranarian help would be needed to sedate the animal before attempting to move it. Jason figures they’ll need a floating dock section or maybe even the rescue boat to move the sedated animal off the rocks.

Jason van der Valk (right) and Unit 37 - Sooke with the cow.

Jason van der Valk (right) and Unit 37 - Sooke with the cow.

I’ll try and update the situation if I can.

If there’s anything that highlights the oddities that come from living and working in a semi-rural community like Sooke better than this, I’d love to hear it!

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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