Reluctant hero to receive life saving award

Larry Sandberg is a reluctant hero who may soon be embarrassed by provincial accolades.

Larry Sandberg is a reluctant hero who may soon be embarrassed by provincial accolades.

The Port Hardy man who was vital in the sea rescue of a pair of fishermen a few months back is about to be honoured with a lieutenant governor’s award, despite the fact he says he’s no hero.

Sandberg said he received a registered letter informing him of the honour,  just after he got phone call a week previous to receiving the registered letter.

“They said on the phone that I had been nominated by someone to receive a medal,” said Sandberg, who works as the health and safety and first aid worker at Neucel Specialty Cellulose in Port Alice.

“They asked some questions and said they contacted the coast guard, the police and it went to a nominating committee which decided I deserved the medal,” he said.

On Sept. 11, Sandberg and his wife waited out a dense fog before they put their boat in the water to try and hook some fish out front of Cluxewe Resort.

But the fog rolled back in, forcing the couple to beach their boat.

That’s when Sandberg heard a faint, “help” from somewhere out in the fog-shrouded water.

“It wasn’t panicked, but the voice said: “Help, we’re both in the water,” Sandberg said in a September interview.

Sandberg said he earlier noted a boat with two young men in it, headed for the vast kelp bed off the shore of the resort.

“I could only see out there about 150-ft, but I got a bearing on the sound and headed out,” he recalled.

Sandberg spotted the silhouettes of the men about 100-ft into the kelp bed,  turned his 12-ft. boat to the bed then shut off his motor to paddle the rest of the distance.

“I saw the back end of the boat upside down and the motor kind of sticking in the air for maybe 15 seconds before the whole thing went under., he recalled.

One man, from Sointula, was on the boat, and his male fishing companion was about 12-feet away.

“I told the guy who was chest high in the water standing on the submerged boat to wait until I transferred my weight to the other side of the boat and you roll in.”

That done, the other man in the water threw a line to Sandberg.

By that time a couple of Zodiacs appeared to help out. The rescue was incredible, said witness Randy Ball.

“Out of the fog came Mr. Sandberg’s boat with the two rescued men aboard, towing the upside-down boat behind them” he said.

“There was no way they could have righted the boat.”

Sandberg said he didn’t want to be made out as “some kind” of hero. “I’m just glad I was able to help out,” he said.

As of yet, it’s unclear what medal Sandberg will receive.

“They stated I was receiving a rescue award March 10, but there are different categories and I don’t know which one I’m receiving,” he said.

“There is one for merit, bravery and a gold one that is chosen by the lieutenant governor, but I have no idea which one I am getting.”

Sandberg  will be honoured at the annual Life Saving Society ceremony at the Hotel Vancouver in the Pacific Ballroom

More details will be printed as the become known.

 

Just Posted

Quarterdeck restaurant, pub temporarily closed until summer

“We have decided to close the pub until April 30, 2019,” stated the pub’s announcement.

Port Hardy’s RCMP Staff Sgt. Wes Olsen: ‘It’s business as usual’ after cannabis legalization

Local RCMP will still be on the lookout for impaired driving despite cannabis legalization.

Jay Dixon finishes top three for School and District Leadership award

“I believe it’s all of our responsibility for our schools to provide quality education,” said Dixon.

7 Mile Landfill operations tender closes October

Taxes covering the landfill have not increased over the past 15 years and are not expected to soon.

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Voters talk on Port Hardy’s municipal election

Port Hardy residents talked on local issues and reasons to vote

2018 municipal election: Few surprises on Vancouver Island

16 incumbent mayors will continue in their positions for four more years

Prank pizzas delivered to B.C. mayor on election night

The fake orders happened throughout Victoria mayor’s re-election campaign

MLA to become Nanaimo’s next mayor, could weaken NDP’s grasp on power

Leonard Krog’s win will trigger a byelection when he gives up his provincial seat

Horvat nets OT winner as Canucks beat Bruins 2-1

Young Vancouver star had spirited scrap earlier in contest

Team Canada gold medal winners for first time in world curling championship

Team Canada earned gold in Kelowna at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship

Voters talk on Port Hardy’s municipal election

Port Hardy residents talked on local issues and reasons to vote

Bushido Shotokan Karate-do Academy continues student intake until November

“Our goal is to endure no matter what you’re faced with,” said DeToro about local karate classes.

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Most Read