Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

June 04, 2012 12:40 ET

Statement by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

Tragic Accident Causing Loss of Life

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2012) - It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of two of our rescue crew while on duty. At approximately 11:30 am PST on Sunday June 3rd, 2012, four members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) from Station 12, Halfmoon Bay, were on a training mission when their vessel capsized in Sechelt Inlet. Two of the crew were assisted by another vessel in the area, but tragically the other two crew lost their lives. The cause of the capsizing is not yet known.

At this time our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of these brave women who gave their lives while training to save others. We offer our condolences, and honour the women who gave their all to assist the community. We have a simple mission to save lives on the water, and today we are heartbroken to have lost two of our own. There is a deep sense of disbelief, shock, and sadness amongst our crews across the province.

We wish to thank the many people and agencies who came to assist, including boaters in the area, the Canadian Forces search and rescue crew from Comox, B.C. Ambulance crews, the Canadian Coast Guard, and the crews from RCM-SAR who were called upon to search for their colleagues and friends. Regardless of whether on sea, land or air, there are no boundaries in the search and rescue community, and this loss will be felt by all. Thank you to all who have shown support in this difficult time.

About Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue:

RCM-SAR is a non-profit organization comprised of over 1,000 dedicated unpaid professionals who provide marine search and rescue and boating safety services 24/7, 365 days a year in 46 communities in British Columbia.

Contact Information

  • Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue
    Randy Strandt
    (604) 909-8723