Station #37 – Sooke
The Sooke, BC RCM-SAR station has been in service for over 25 years. On average, this station receives over 30 calls a year, sometimes over 40 calls in a busy season, ranging from mariner assistance to injured hikers on some well known west coast trails to missing persons. The Sooke station works closely with the US Coast Guard helo’s located in Port Angeles and the SARTECH Squadron 442 based out of Comox.
Sooke has the largest area to cover in all of the RCM-SAR stations on the west coast of British Columbia, from Race Rocks Lighthouse just south-west of Victoria to Nitnat Lake, located between Port Renfrew and Bamfield.
With an active roster of approx. 30 dedicated volunteers, Sooke is ready around the clock, 365 days a year for any SAR related incidents on the south-western part of Vancouver Island.