In 1978, various Canadian volunteer marine Search and Rescue (SAR) groups decided to create a consolidated organization that would allow them to coordinate their equipment, knowledge, and training on a national scale. Of the six Marine Rescue associations that were formed across Canada, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) is the organization which serves British Columbia and the Yukon.
Over 1,000 dedicated individuals have committed to volunteering with us at the RCM-SAR. These volunteers in turn belong to one of 46 community-based units throughout the Region. Each station grows from the communities it assists, allowing the services to be integrated with local needs. Most stations have community-owned fast response vessels, and other stations provide SAR service through dedicated owner-operator vessels. Collectively, over 127 vessels are available through the RCM-SAR for marine SAR in the Pacific Region.
RCM-SAR is a dedicated and skilled part of the National SAR network.
RCM-SAR participates in resolving nearly one-third of the SAR incidents that occur on the coast of British Columbia, either as the principal resource, or as an additional response resource. Our members also provide pleasure craft courtesy checks to mariners within our communities, and reach out to the public with boating safety education programs, so that more and more incidents can be prevented and our waters are safer for everyone.