How We Fit
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is the volunteer lifeboat service on the West Coast. We work alongside other agencies who respond to on-water emergencies such as the Canadian Coast Guard, police, and fire departments. RCM-SAR handles about a third of marine emergencies on the West Coast. In many communities, the RCM-SAR rescue station is the primary marine emergency responder.
When an emergency occurs, we are tasked by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria, operated by the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard. Once our vessels are underway, crews keep in touch with JRCC through Coast Guard radio dispatchers. Our crews resolve incidents independently or work in partnership with other agencies on the water.