Station #12 – Halfmoon Bay
The first boat that Station 12 operated was an old Avon rigid hull inflatable. It had twin 35 HP engines, a towing drum and line, a searchlight, a fire fighting and de-watering pump, a fire extinguisher and two paddles. The Avon was operated primarily by the firemen until 1984 when fewer of them were willing or able to commit their time as their prime interest was fighting fires and fire safety.
At the present time RCM-SAR 12, Halfmoon Bay is based in Halfmoon Bay, BC. Using the Fast Response Vessel, the Ken Moore, Station 12 provides maritime Search and Rescue services for the area starting at White Islets, north to McNaughton Point and half way across the Strait of Georgia. A second Station 12 FRV, the Lewis-McPhee, is stationed in Sechelt Inlet and covers the area from Sechelt to Egmont, including Salmon and Narrows Inlets. An interesting note is that our second vessel, the Lewis-McPhee, is named after two respected deceased members of our station, Don Lewis and Walter McPhee, thus the hyphenated name.