Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

May 22, 2013 09:00 ET

Marine Search and Rescue Exercise in Howe Sound

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - A large search and rescue exercise in Howe Sound this weekend will be the biggest annual gathering of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue fleet.

The public will notice a wide range of search and rescue vessels taking part in the exercise on Saturday, May 25. Eight Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) teams from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island will be participating in several mock scenarios that will test their emergency response, first aid, seamanship, communications and navigation skills. Several police marine units and other public safety agencies have also been invited to attend.

"This is our third annual search and rescue exercise in the Lower Mainland area, and our crews really look forward to it as a chance to practice their skills and get to know their colleagues from around the region," said RCM-SAR president Jim Lee. "We invite the public to come down to the Horseshoe Bay municipal pier to take a look at our training exercises and meet some of the more than 100 people involved in this event."

The 2013 SAREX will include RCM-SAR crews from West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Delta, Crescent Beach, Gibsons, Squamish, Halfmoon Bay and Nanaimo. It will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

RCM-SAR volunteer crews provide round-the-clock marine search and rescue coverage in more than 40 communities in British Columbia. They responded to more than 700 missions in the past year.

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