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Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR)

The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) consists of approximately 1,000 highly trained members who provide 24-hour marine Search and Rescue (SAR) services for British Columbia's coastal waters, 365 days a year. Our volunteers are willing and ready to risk their lives to help anyone in distress on the water. Many of the stations, including Station 10 - Richmond, have succeeded in raising funds from their communities to purchase and maintain their own dedicated Search and Rescue Vessels. As well as participating in SAR activities, all units are actively promoting Boating Safety in their communities.

In 2009, our members were credited with being directly responsible for saving 21 lives and assisting 92 people. In the Lower Mainland, these incidents included boating emergencies (i.e., fire, aground, sinking, taking on water, collisions, out of fuel, broken down), missing persons, suicides, medical evacuations, and assisting other emergencies organizations with marine-related incidents.

Because of their proximity to the Airport, Station 10 plays an integral part of the Vancouver International Airport emergency plan, and also plays a role in our community's disaster response plans (earthquake, flood, etc.) With the ever-increasing demands on the Canadian Coast Guard services, the RCM-SAR has become a vital resource when an emergency occurs on the water. Without community support, these lifesaving services would be impossible.

Being a volunteer in Station 10 can be a lot of hard work but the satisfaction of boating safety and a successful search can be very rewarding.


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