Sunday, April 15, 2018

Blog watching: Week ending April 15, 2018

Some extreme weather played a role in two stories that had strong readership for our list of five this week, with a Marine Rescue off of Triple Island, along with a fast moving storm  on Tuesday which roared through Prince Rupert leaving a trail of damage both of interest  to readers.

A search through the week for a missing Terrace man also attracted a large volume of readers, with members of the Prince Rupert and Terrace detachments of the RCMP, along with Search and Rescue members from the Northwest all looking in the Khyex River area for Terrace resident David Kim.

Other items to find their way into the top five for the week, included our notes on the involvement of Prince Rupert residents in Jersey Day for Humboldt, Saskatchewan, with many in the community wearing a hockey sweater in support of that community as it continues to grieve the loss of sixteen members of their Junior hockey team and care for the survivors of the horrific bus crash of earlier this month

And some news from the Prince Rupert Golf Course found its way into our top five listings, with our look at Peter Drake, the new groundskeeper at the course finding a large audience.

The top story however, examined the sinking of the Western Commander in waters off Triple Island and the response from the range of rescue units that was dispatched to the scene.

Coast Guard rescue three off fishing vessel sinking near Triple Island; transport one other to hospital -- Members of a number of Coast Guard vessels and a team from Prince Rupert's Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 64 responded to a distress call off Triple Island this week, an emergency which saw three crew members of the Western Commander returned to Prince Rupert aboard a Coast Guard vessel, but tragically left one man deceased having suffered from a heart attack. (posted April 9, 2018)

That article was followed by:

Fast moving windstorm lives up to billing: takes down trees, takes out power  --  Readers in large numbers explored our notes on a late Tuesday afternoon windstorm which roared through the city bringing down trees, power lines and causing a fair amount of damage around Prince Rupert.  Many of them perhaps had a heads up from our notes of earlier in the day that had indicated the weather system was on its way towards the North Coast.  (posted April 10, 2018)

Northwest RCMP detachments open missing person file for Terrace resident --  The week began with word of an extensive search around the Khyex area of Highway 16 as the Prince Rupert and Terrace detachments of the RCMP, along with regional Search and Rescue groups continued to search for Terrace resident David Kim.  Mr. Kim had been reported missing on Saturday, and by weeks end the RCMP continued to ask the public for assistance if they had anything to share related to his disappearance. (posted April 9, 2018)

Jersey Day brings schools, sports organizations and communities together in support of Humboldt -- Prince Rupert residents joined those of many other communities across Canada this week. With many wearing hockey jerseys as a way to show their support for the people of Humboldt, Saskatchewan in these days following the tragic deaths of sixteen members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team on a rural Saskatchewan highway   (posted April 12 , 2018)

New Golf Course Greens superintendent brings wide range of experiences to Prince Rupert -- Our look at the arrival of Peter Drake, the new superintendent of the course at the Prince Rupert Golf Course captured the attention of many readers on Friday, with a large audience reviewing our notes on his travels and background related to his work in the golfing industry/   (posted April 13, 2018 )

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