Elderly man drives into Newcastle Channel in medical distress

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 28, 2018 - 4:32pm

The small sedan being pulled out of the Newcastle Channel Friday afternoon. Andrew Garland/CTV Vancouver Island

NANAIMO — An elderly man was taken to hospital after driving into the Newcastle Channel. 

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and bystanders all helped pull an 82-year-old man from the upside down car Friday afternoon near the intersection of St. George St. and Stewart Ave.

RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said bystanders were quick to jump into the water and help Nanaimo Fire Rescue pull the man from the water.  

O'Brien said though the driver's condition is unknown, he did not appear to have any life-threatening injuries. 

"It appears at this time he had a medical distress issue which caused him to go in the water."


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