Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 20, 2013 13:31 ET

Annual Closing of Canadian Coast Guard Seasonal Search and Rescue Stations in Ontario

SARNIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 20, 2013) - The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) advises the public that our seasonally operated Search and Rescue stations located on the Great Lakes, Georgian Bay and St. Lawrence River in Ontario will be winding down their annual operations and will close on the dates listed below. These stations will reopen in April 2014.

November 25, 2013: Thunder Bay
December 2, 2013: Tobermory, Goderich
December 9, 2013: Kingston, Cobourg, Port Weller, Port Dover, Amherstburg, Meaford

CCG rescue boats are designed for open-water use and cannot be operated in ice-infested waters. During this time, winter search and rescue operations will be carried out by the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard using icebreakers and may call upon other available vessels in the area to assist if required. Aircraft from the Department of National Defence and the United States Coast Guard may also be involved in search and rescue operations, as necessary.

Marine emergencies can be called into the 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Toll-free (within Canada) at 1-800-267-7270, or via marine VHF radio - channel 16.

More information regarding the Canadian Coast Guard's Search and Rescue program is available at the following website: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/SAR_Main

For broadcast: Canadian Coast Guard announces annual closure of seasonally operated Search and Rescue stations in Ontario. Search and Rescue services will continue to be provided during winter months via icebreaker, aircraft and other resources, as required.

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