Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

December 20, 2016 10:40 ET

Canadian Coast Guard's Seasonal Search and Rescue Stations Closed for the Winter

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 20, 2016) - The seasonal stations in Shippagan, New Brunswick, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and Souris, Prince Edward Island, are closed for the season due to an early presence of ice in the harbours.

The vessels from the seasonal search and rescue stations cannot operate in the ice-covered waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The seasonal stations will resume operations in April.

The search and rescue stations in Nova Scotia at Bickerton, Clark's Harbour, Louisburg, Sambro and Westport as well as the station in Saint John, New Brunswick remain operational year round.

The Canadian Coast Guard's stations are strategically located to provide assistance as quickly as possible in order to minimize loss of life, injury and property damage in the maritime environment at peak times during the year.

For its winter search and rescue operations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence the Canadian Coast Guard uses icebreakers and calls on vessels of opportunity as well as on Department of National Defence aircraft, when necessary.


  • Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic, 24-hour marine emergency response telephone number 1-800-563-2444.

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