Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

July 03, 2011 09:00 ET

Royal Couple to Observe Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Exercise

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - July 3, 2011) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister for National Revenue, are pleased to welcome Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to observe a Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue exercise on Prince Edward Island.

The Canadian Coast Guard, along with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Department of National Defence, will conduct a search and rescue exercise July 4, 2011 in Summerside Harbour.

Their Royal Highnesses will observe the exercise from the deck of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Edward Cornwallis.

"Our government is pleased to showcase the Canadian Coast Guard, the officers and the volunteers of the Coast Guard Auxiliary to the Royal Couple on their first visit to Canada," said Minister Ashfield. "I know that the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is proud to be one of 26 charities in Britain, New Zealand, Canada and Australia selected by the Royal Couple for donations in lieu of wedding gifts."

Member of Parliament for Egmont and Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Gail Shea said, "We are indeed honoured to have The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit beautiful Summerside and so pleased to have this opportunity to show them our true Island hospitality."

The exercise will begin when a white signal flare is fired off at approximately 4:15pm and is expected to last 20 minutes. The scenario involves reports of a small boat overturned in Summerside Harbour with a number of people in the water.

The safety of mariners in Canadian waters and along the nation's 243,000 kilometres of ocean coastline is the primary mandate of the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Department of Canadian Heritage has more information on the 2011 Royal Tour at http://www.royaltour.gc.ca/index-eng.cfm.

Contact Information

  • Stephen Bornais
    Communications Manager
    Canadian Coast Guard
    Maritimes Region
    902-426-3550

    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Minister Keith Ashfield
    613-992-3474