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Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue

We are the volunteer based organization that operates more than 30 marine rescue stations on the British Columbia coast and in the B.C. Interior.

From Vancouver’s busy harbour to the remote waters of the North Coast, our volunteer crews are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to marine emergencies. We conduct, on average, 800 marine rescues every year.

Interested In Becoming a Volunteer?

We would love to hear from you! Please contact your local RCMSAR Station to learn more.

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You make this possible

Your contributions help support our volunteer training and our keep our equipment in excellent condition.  Donations are also used for prevention programs that save lives on the water before a rescue is needed. Thank you.

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Awards Program Carries on Strong

Awards Program Carries on Strong

Now in its third year, the RCMSAR awards program has proved a great success, raising awareness of the excellent work done by our volunteers in their local communities, including highlighting innovative new approaches and technologies. those involved in the global...

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Bill Riggs Joins RCMSAR as CEO

Bill Riggs Joins RCMSAR as CEO

Bill Riggs has joined the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue headquarters team as Chief Executive Officer following a broad nation-wide search. “Bill brings a proven and impressive track record to the position,” said Chris Gouglas, Chairman of the RCMSAR Board of...

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RCMSAR Welcomes Interim CEO Ken Burton

RCMSAR Welcomes Interim CEO Ken Burton

As RCMSAR's search for a new CEO gets underway, Captain Ken Burton will be taking on the role of Interim CEO during the transition. Appointed to the RCMSAR Board of Governors in 2015, Captain Burton has stepped down from his position with the Board to be able to act...

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RCMSAR bids farewell to CEO Pat Quealey

RCMSAR bids farewell to CEO Pat Quealey

On July 5, RCMSAR Headquarters staff said a bittersweet goodbye to Chief Executive Officer, Pat Quealey, who is moving on to a new role with the Canadian Red Cross in British Columbia and Yukon. For three years, Pat led RCMSAR with a fierce dedication to mission,...

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What’s In a Name? – by John Johnston

What’s In a Name? – by John Johnston

What’s in a name?  John Johnston shares his experience and the importance of naming RCMSAR vessels to acknowledge contributions of outstanding members and keep their memories alive. At last years SAREX in Sooke, I had the opportunity to work as a dock marshal. Over...

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Wild weather keeps RCMSAR busy in February

Wild weather keeps RCMSAR busy in February

Last month was the coldest February on record for Vancouver, and the wild weather didn't stop with the frozen temperatures.  High winds and unprecedented snowstorms wreaked havoc, and RCMSAR Stations all over the province were called to action.  While warmer weather...

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Excellence in Community Based Marine Safety

We are a key part of the marine search and rescue system, and we work in one of the most challenging search and rescue regions in the world.

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Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is a volunteer based organization that operates more than 30 marine rescue stations on the British Columbia coast and in the B.C. Interior. From Vancouver’s busy harbour to the remote waters of the North Coast, our volunteer crews are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to marine emergencies. Charity #106863137RR0001

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