Station #5 – Crescent Beach
RCM-SAR 5 consists of 29 active members and is supported by our Fundraising arm, the Semiahmoo Peninsula Marine Rescue Society. The Station operates from a boat house in the Crescent Beach Marina where the SAR vessel and training facilities are located. The Station has a reputation for competence and reliability.
Four Crews provide ongoing 24/7 coverage utilizing a rigid hull inflatable boat as a dedicated fast response craft (FRC). Many of our calls involve other agencies such as CCG, RCMP, USCG and CBSA
The station has won several notable awards, the most prominent being the International Search and Rescue Competition (ISAR) in 2004 and an Award of Excellence.
RCM-SAR5 Crescent Beach response area covers the majority of the waters found in Boundary Bay, Mud Bay, Semiahmoo Bay, and the very Southern Georgia Strait to East Point, Saturna Island and assistance to the US Coast Guard on waters couth of the Canada/US border in the Pt. Roberts, Blaine and Birch Bay areas. Weather and sea conditions range from the benign to storm force winds and very heavy chop in the Bays shallow water to confused seas off Point Roberts. The Station also has been tasked to waters in the Southern Gulf Islands.
The current SAR Vessel, a Titan 249 XL T Top Rigid Hull Inflatable (RHIB), powered by two 200hp Yamaha outboards, with speed capable of 40knots depending on sea conditions, was commissioned in 2001.
RCM-SAR5 is very active in supporting community events such as the August Sea Festival/Canada day fireworks, Wings over White Rock, Crescent Beach Days, World Ocean’s Day and local Polar Bear Swim, and promoting Boating Safety events and performing Vessel Pleasure Craft Safety checks (PCSC).