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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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Memories Made at SAREX 2018

Memories Made at SAREX 2018

Ralph Mohrmann, RCMSAR Director of Readiness looks back on SAREX 2018 and the benefits of working together. Picture gallery included!

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RCMSAR supports public safety mandates

RCMSAR supports public safety mandates

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is featured in the November 2018 edition of BC Shipping News Magazine, available for purchase now.  RCMSAR is part of a proud tradition of lifeboat services on the West Coast dating back more than a century.  With a broadened...

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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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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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