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The Newly Re-branded RCM-SAR Continues to Keep Our Waters Safe

On May 26, 2012, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary was officially re-branded across the province as the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. This reflects the distinct community-based nature of the organization and distinguishes this volunteer-based marine rescue service from its government funded counterpart, the Canadian Coast Guard. The title "Royal" was actually granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in February 2012. Very deserving granted how important a role the organization plays in keeping our waters safe.

You may be wondering: how important is the RCM-SAR service really? Well, let us throw in some numbers to show this. There are 1,000+ volunteers on call 24/7 and they are often the first to respond to emergencies on the water. Over the past year, they have been a part of over 700 missions and have assisted over 850 people in 46 communities. Their range covers 27,000 square kilometers of high traffic B.C. coastline.

As you can probably guess, being a volunteer is not easy work. These volunteers are trained to deal with various situations such as vessel fires, sinking or overturned boats, emergencies due to bad weather, medical emergencies, and the list goes on and on. In fact, one of our PYS team members was a volunteer for the formerly-known Coast Guard Auxiliary, and she recalls that despite it being a lot of hard work, it was very rewarding. She was able to combine her love for boating and also give back to the boating community.

So, to find out more about the operations of the RCM-SAR, to check out what they offer, or maybe even to explore the possibility of joining this organization, simply visit their website at

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