Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

May 13, 2015 13:00 ET

Sails of Light at Canada Place Signal Safety

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 13, 2015) - As part of Safe Boating Awareness Week (May 16-22), the Sails of Light at Canada Place will be lit up in the colours of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, the volunteer marine rescue organization in British Columbia. The sails will feature the red, yellow and blue of the RCM-SAR insignia worn by B.C.'s 1,200 marine rescue volunteers.

The sails light-up will coincide with the unofficial start of the B.C. boating season, and will be a reminder to boaters to think safety when they head out on the water. Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue crews respond to more than 800 missions a year on the west coast and in the Interior, and their goal is to prevent emergencies on the water through boating safety education and awareness.

"The 'sails' motif and the waterfront location of the iconic Canada Place is totally appropriate for our boating safety message," said RCM-SAR Boating Safety Manager Cathy Dupuis. "We're reminding people to wear their lifejackets, don't drink and boat, take a boating course, check that their boat is safe, and know about the risks of cold water immersion, especially in B.C.'s chilly west coast waters."

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue works with Port Metro Vancouver to promote safety on Vancouver Harbour. There are RCM-SAR rescue stations in North Vancouver and West Vancouver which respond to emergencies on the harbour. There are four additional stations in the Lower Mainland area, and more than 40 stations throughout the province.

As the owner and operator of Canada Place, Port Metro Vancouver offers charities like RCM-SAR the opportunity to build awareness by illuminating the Sails of Light at Canada Place, a visual treat from dusk to dawn in downtown Vancouver.

For boating safety tips and to download the RCM-SAR Boating Safety App, go to www.rcmsar.com

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