Two men are safe after the two-seater Sea-Doo they were on began taking on water near the area of Harbour Grace Islands Tuesday evening.
A search and rescue effort had been launched but called off after the two men arrived safely at Harbour Grace.
The RCMP says that about 9:25 p.m. they received a call from a distraught woman advising that the Sea-Doo had been taking on water and her husband, who was the passenger on the Sea-Doo, had been dropped off on a fishing boat and the driver had headed to shore but could not be located after a search of the shore by the woman, who was in contact with her husband on the fishing boat.
The RCMP immediately requested the assistance from the Bay Roberts search and rescue team as well as the Harbour Grace search and rescue team, along with the Canadian Coast Guard. A helicopter was dispatched to assist with the search for the male driver, as well.
Meantime, the Sea-Doo arrived back at the fishing boat to pick up the passenger. He had apparently stopped at one of the islands and bailed water out of the Sea-Doo.
The driver and passenger then headed safely to Harbour Grace where they were met by the RCMP and the other rescuing agencies. After confirming that both occupants were healthy and safe, search and rescue efforts were called off.
The RCMP noted that neither occupant was wearing life vests or personal flotation devices.
The RCMP is reminding the public of the importance of wearing appropriate safety gear while out on the water, as well as performing regular maintenance checks on your water vehicles.