Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

August 01, 2014 16:00 ET

Marine Rescue Crews Say Stay Safe This Weekend

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 1, 2014) - Check the weather, check your boat, and wear your lifejacket if you're planning to be on the water this long weekend. That's the message from Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, whose crews responded to 24 emergency calls during last year's B.C. Day weekend.

"There are strong wind and gale warnings up for most of the south B.C. coast, so skippers of small pleasure craft should make sure they're aware of weather conditions and take precautions," said RCM-SAR Operations Manager Bob McCauley. "Many of our emergency calls are the result of people getting caught in currents or weather, getting lost, becoming grounded, running out of fuel or having their engine break down. Proper preparation can avoid risky situations."

RCM-SAR recommends having a weatherproof marine radio and other signalling devices on board in case you run into trouble. Marine radios also receive the continuous marine weather broadcasts which all mariners should monitor for changing conditions.

All of RCM-SAR's rescue crews are volunteers who take time from their jobs and families to respond to emergencies. There are more than 1,000 RCM-SAR volunteers in more than 40 communities on the B.C. coast and in the Interior. They handle more than 700 marine emergencies each year. RCM-SAR is a charity. You can support its volunteers at www.rcmsar.com.

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