Station #59 – Deep Bay
Station 59 comprises volunteers from Qualicum Beach to Fanny Bay, with the base of operations being the Deep Bay Marina. From this location Station 59 can be tasked by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria to render assistance to any vessel in distress between Union Bay and Qualicum Bay. This includes the popular boating areas of Tribune Bay, Baynes Sound, and Lambert Channel between Denman and Hornby Islands. Occasionally Station 59’s area of operations overlaps the adjoining French Creek Canadian Coast Guard Station and Station 60 – Comox.
In addition to the Deep Bay Station, Station 59 oversees the outpost at Lasqueti Island which is manned by an owner/operator vessel and three experienced mariners.
In addition to its emergency response role, Station 59 provides information and marine safety services within the community commonly known as Lighthouse Country. Instruction and testing is available for interested individuals who wish to obtain the Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card and the Unit is well represented with an information booth at such events as the Lighthouse Community Fall Fair, Fanny Bay Days and the Canada Day celebrations in Bowser and Deep Bay. On-water and classroom training is conducted by the Unit. Furthermore several members have been able to attend marine fire safety courses in collaboration with the Deep Bay Harbour Authority and the Deep Bay Volunteer Fire Department.