–Marina Braggio, Juan De Fuca Marine Rescue Society
What will you be doing on Canada’s 150th Birthday?? Will you be attending the Sooke Lion’s sponsored event at the Sooke “Flats” Campground? If so, come by and see us, we will be in attendance and helping the community & the rest of Canada to celebrate this milestone!
When: Saturday, July 1st 2017
Where: Sooke “Flats” campground
Time: 12:30 pm – 10:00 pm
(RCM SAR display to 5:30 pm)
Sooke’s RCMSAR Station 37 is a key part of the marine search and rescue services from Port Renfrew to Race Rocks. We handle on average 30 calls a year, with 70 % being in the Sooke Basin and Harbour area. RCM SAR Station 37, Sooke, is an all-volunteer organization that operates & is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Did you know, that RCMSAR Station 37, Sooke has already responded to over 15 of calls in the first 6 months of 2017, summer has just started and we hope to be safe on the waters.
Summary of tasking in 2017
4 – vessels adrift / grounded
6 – broken down vessels / out of fuel
1 – kayaker in need of assistance
1 – kite surfer in need of assistance
1 – environmental assessment (sunken vessel)
1 – investigate possible sunken vessel
2 – sinking vessel / taking on water (mayday)
1 – 3 persons in water (mayday)
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is an all-volunteer organization that operates more than 40 marine rescue stations on the British Columbia coast and in the B.C. Interior. From Vancouver’s busy harbour to the remote waters of the North Coast, our volunteer crews are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to marine emergencies.
We are a key part of the marine search and rescue system, and we work in one of the most challenging search and rescue regions in the world. Our volunteers handle more than 800 marine emergencies every year. They stand ready to leave their jobs and their families on a moment’s notice to help people in trouble on the water – no matter how foul the weather or how rough the seas.
Our crew is highly trained, and equipped with specialized rescue vessels designed for the challenges of the West Coast. You make this possible.
Most of the funding for this vital public safety service comes from generous donations from individuals, companies, and community grants. Your contribution helps us keep up our training so we are safe and effective. It helps keep our boats at the ready and our equipment ship-shape. And it helps us spread our boating safety message to children and families.
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