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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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 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.

Think boating-related injuries and drowning just “happen”?

Think boating-related injuries and drowning just “happen”?

British Columbia—60% of water-related fatalities occur during the summer months,1 and The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) wants to remind British Columbians that drowning and other boating-related injuries are preventable. Starting the May long...

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RCMSAR Northern Stations Visit — “Northern Exposure”

RCMSAR Northern Stations Visit — “Northern Exposure”

On Friday, March 9th, RCMSAR CEO, Pat Quealey and Director of Operations, Jason van der Valk, along with two colleagues from Emergency Management BC (EMBC), departed Victoria by plane to begin our 5-day tour to visit our members in the Northern RCMSAR Stations which are located in Kitimat, Hartley Bay, Prince Rupert, Lax Kw’alaams , […]

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Vessels and Equipment Update

Vessels and Equipment Update

Latest Type I Sea Trials The newest Type I commenced sea trials January 19 on a blustery day off Sidney. The latest Type I was built for RCMSAR Station Victoria and sea trials were conducted by Bruce Falkins, Earl Shirley and David Best. The vessel performed...

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RCMSAR 2017 Annual Report

RCMSAR 2017 Annual Report

See RCMSAR's rescue and prevention activities for 2017, including details on partnerships, how we support our volunteers, financial support and future plans. Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is a volunteer-based organization that operates more than 30 marine...

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The Readiness Project

The Readiness Project

What is the Readiness Project? The Readiness Project is a multi-year project intended to improve operational readiness across the entire organization in three pillars: training, personnel and support. Our approach to the project is to use evidence-based information to...

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SAREX 2017

SAREX 2017

SAREx 2017 was the biggest and best yet with nearly 170 RCMSAR crew participating plus members of our Board of Governors, Headquarters team and our Canadian Coast Guard SAR partners. The event, which took place May 12–14 at the Sunshine Coast’s Camp Elphinstone, was...

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North Vancouver Crew Member Prepares for Norwegian Adventure

North Vancouver Crew Member Prepares for Norwegian Adventure

When and why did you join RCMSAR? I joined RCMSAR Station Squamish in the summer of 2015. I joined during a gap year between high school and university. Throughout high school I was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, getting my first exposure to first aid,...

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Project Partner Chosen for World Maritime Rescue Congress

Project Partner Chosen for World Maritime Rescue Congress

We are now one step closer towards the successful execution of the much-anticipated World Maritime Rescue Congress, planned for June 2019 in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s East Building. It is with great pleasure that I share the announcement of our...

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Mill Bay Coxswain Trains with International Maritime Rescue Federation

Mill Bay Coxswain Trains with International Maritime Rescue Federation

By Chris Wickham, Coxswain, RCMSAR Station Mill Bay This winter I had the privilege of attending the IMRF Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme in Germany, hosted by the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS). The objective: to share experiences, ideas, and best practices and to improve training and operational capacity. Our group had volunteer professionals […]

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RCMSAR Crews Respond to Simulated Ferry Fire in Exercise Salish Sea 2017

RCMSAR Crews Respond to Simulated Ferry Fire in Exercise Salish Sea 2017

Six RCMSAR stations recently took part in an on-water mass rescue operations training exercise jointly managed by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard with coordination at the provincial level provided by Emergency Management BC. On October 25, a simulated fire took place onboard BC Ferries MV Coastal Renaissance in Trincomali Channel […]

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Woman Rescued After Five Hours in the Strait of Georgia

Woman Rescued After Five Hours in the Strait of Georgia

In an incident described by rescue crews as a miracle, a woman who jumped from a BC Ferry survived for five hours in BC’s frigid coastal waters before being rescued by an RCMSAR Station West Vancouver crew. At 5:48 p.m. on October 30, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked RCMSAR Station West Vancouver to respond […]

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West Vancouver Crew Helps save Four in Interagency Rescue

West Vancouver Crew Helps save Four in Interagency Rescue

An RCMSAR West Vancouver crew took part in the dramatic rescue of four people forced to abandon their sinking vessel near Bowen Island. On September 1, RCMSAR Station West Vancouver received the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre’s Mayday call at 4:21 p.m. Coxswain Roger Wagstaff and crew members Jake Brownlie, Mike Cupit and Hugh Kelsey departed […]

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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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