Harper Government Announces New Inshore Rescue Boat Station and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Assets in Vancouver Harbour

Randy Kamp

Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary of Fisheries and Oceans, announces that the Canadian Coast Guard's new inshore rescue boat station will be located at the Royal Canadian Navy facility, HMCS Discovery.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced on behalf of Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, a new Canadian Coast Guard inshore rescue boat station at the Royal Canadian Navy facility HMCS Discovery in downtown Vancouver, to better serve the Vancouver area mariner. The station will provide search and rescue (SAR) services in the Vancouver Harbour and surrounding area, supplementing the robust SAR presence already present.

“The new inshore rescue boat station at HMCS Discovery will be able to react quickly to an emergency during the busy boating season in Vancouver, at any time of the day or night, during all types of weather and sea conditions,” said Parliamentary Secretary Kamp. “Mariners in Vancouver and British Columbia can have every confidence that the Canadian Coast Guard has the appropriate resources to do the job it is mandated to do, including ensuring the safety of mariners.”

“The top priority of the Canadian Coast Guard is, and always will be, the safety of mariners,” said Minister Ashfield. “Vancouver continues to have more federally funded search and rescue assets than any port in Canada and we will always ensure that the Coast Guard can keep Canada’s waterways safe and open.”

As it is the case for all Inshore Rescue Boat Stations in British Columbia, operations will extend during the peak season from the May long weekend until after Labour Day.

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) has also relocated one of its rescue units from Indian Arm to a central location within the Vancouver Harbour.

The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is an important part of the maritime search and rescue network. At the request of the Coast Guard and as part of its funding arrangement, RCM-SAR has relocated one of its rescue units to enhance search and rescue services to mariners in Vancouver.

The Canadian Coast Guard will have 7 large vessels, 6 small vessels, 2 hovercraft, 13 search and rescue lifeboats, and 6 helicopters available for deployment in British Columbia.

For additional information please consult: www.searchandrescuebc.ca.

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The Canadian Coast Guard has a new inshore rescue boat station planned for HMCS Discovery, which will begin service in May 2013. This supports the recent move by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) to move one of its rescue vessels from Indian Arm to a central location in the Vancouver Harbour area. The Canadian Coast Guard will continue to have 7 large vessels, 6 small vessels, 2 hovercraft, 13 search and rescue lifeboats, and 6 helicopters available for deployment in British Columbia.

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Backgrounder:
Canadian Coast Guard’s Inshore Rescue Boat Program

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Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa
(613) 990-7537

Barbara Mottram
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
(613) 992-3474

Carrie Mishima
Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Vancouver
(604) 666-0392

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