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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.

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.

2018 Annual ReportDownload RCMSAR’s Annual Report 2018 for a look at the year that’s past and what’s ahead for 2019.

Registration for World Maritime Rescue Congress 2019 Now Open

It is our great privilege to invite you to join us in Vancouver in June 2019, to participate in the 4th World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC 2019). WMRC 2019 will be where search and rescue practitioners, industry and governments join together to set the course for the future of maritime SAR.

The theme for WMRC 2019 is “Learning from the past; looking to the future.” Participants can benefit from lessons learnt, while gaining insight into innovations and technologies that will shape maritime SAR operations of the future.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? We would love to hear from you.

Contact your local RCMSAR Rescue Station for more information.

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Check out news and latest announcements from Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

 

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...

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...

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...

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 […]

Dream of New Rescue Boat Becomes Reality for RCMSAR Station Shuswap

RCMSAR’s sole inland-SAR station expanded their fleet this summer, launching their new vessel during Sicamous’ annual Sun and Sand Parade. RCMSAR Station Shuswap welcomed the Tolonen, 40-foot 2007 Titan rigid inflatable SAR boat, on August 2, after a lengthy ground and water journey from its original base in Victoria. On August 5, the Tolonen joined […]

Three Stations Honoured at AGM for Outstanding Missions

RCMSAR Station Lax Kw’alaams April 16, 2017 At 1955, RCMSAR Station Lax K’walaams was tasked by JRCC Victoria to a report of a 17-foot pleasure craft overturned at the south end of Birnie Island. Crew members James Henry, Dwayne Wesley and Glen Wesley departed home base to assist. When the FRC arrived on-scene they located […]

The Deadly Dozen

A recent marine guidance note from the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) outlines twelve of the most common people-related factors in maritime accidents. While most accidents result from a combination of several different factors, ranging from purely technical...

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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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