(United States Coast Guard)

At least four people travelling to Victoria have been rescued from the Strait of Juan de Fuca Monday morning.

According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), several individuals were either kayaking or sailing from Port Townsend, Washington to Victoria this morning when they ran into trouble on the water.

USCC said good samaritans on nearby vessels are also offering assistance.

There is currently a gale warning and a small craft advisory in the area and rescue crews are remaining in the area to assist other boaters who may run into problems.

In a tweet, the USCG said that the Canadian Coast Guard is en route to assist.

The four people rescued are receiving emergency medical services.

While unconfirmed if the boaters are a part of this event, the first stage of the human-powered race from Victoria to Alaska was scheduled to depart Port Towsend at 5 a.m. today.

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