Station #14 – Gibsons
RCM–SAR 14 is located on the Sunshine Coast, in Gibsons, the home of the Beachcombers. Our service area is Howe Sound: Gambier, Anvil, Keats, Pasley Islands, and the North Western coast of Bowen Island, through Shoal Channel half way across the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia), north to Whyte Island. Summer traffic is heavy in our area as Gambier Island, which includes Halkett Bay Provincial Marine Park as well as Long Bay (aka Port Graves, Camp Artaban), are both very popular anchoring destinations from Vancouver. Keats Island hosts Plumper Cove, another Marine Park, which is also within easy range from Vancouver.
During the 40 years of our existence, personnel have changed, but the dedication to saving lives and property has not. At the moment we have about 15 active and well trained volunteers. We have weekly, often twice a week training sessions. A thousand volunteer hours a year are spent, of which 300 are on rescue missions. We are well supported by our community which recognizes the value of the services we provide and as such we have received grants from the BC Gaming Commission, the Sunshine Coast Regional District, the Gibsons Landing Harbour Authority, and the Sunshine Coast Rotary.
Our Titan 249, 27 feet vessel was purchased ten years ago in 2003 with significant community financial support. In 2011, the RCM-SAR 14 was repowered with twin 225 Yamahas thanks to support from community donations and grants.