SAR Dispatches – All Hands on Deck!

SAR Dispatches – All Hands on Deck!

By Jane Macdonald
RCM-SAR Station 12 Volunteer

September 5, 2016
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue needs your help on the Coast. Consider joining a diverse team of volunteers and marine enthusiasts. RCM-SAR is a volunteer organization whose mission is to save lives on the water. We are looking for a range of skills and experience, for both active Crew positions and supporting Society volunteers.

Volunteers are trained to respond to any sort of marine emergencies. We also help in areas such as administration, vessel maintenance, fund-raising and boating safety/education. Becoming a crew member of RCM-SAR means a commitment of time and energy for training, being on call, and contributing to a variety of projects and ongoing tasks. Ongoing training is provided both on the water and in the classroom at no personal cost. This is a requirement for maintaining crew status.

Volunteer training includes skills such as boat handling, seamanship, navigation, radio operations, first aid, search and rescue, vessel electronics, and collision regulations.

As a non-government, not for profit organization, funds from BC Gaming Grants, corporate contributions, foundations, municipal and regional grants, and private donations remain necessary for maintaining the vessels. Donations have also paid for the crew gear and clothing. Training and life saving equipment on our vessels is also funded in the same way. The vessels are modern, well-equipped, purpose-built, rigid-hull inflatables that are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

On Thursday, September 15th,

RCMSAR Station 12  will be hosting an Open House & Recruiting Fair at the Seaside Centre from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
If you are interested in joining our team , please email: info@rcmsar12.org, or call 604-740-2799.

 

Recruitment Poster 2016
Volunteers Needed

Multiple taskings for RCM-SAR 12.

What a great weekend out on the water! Our crews were tasked 4 times to assist boaters in our area.

Tasking # 1LM 9 Mile Pt

We were tasked to locate 2 Stand Up Paddle boarders spotted off of Turnagain Island. It was a beautiful night, nice enough for an evening paddle. We searched the area and then headed over to Buccaneer Bay.

Our crew used FLIR (Forward Looking Infra Red which can detect body heat) as well as night vision googles. Huge thanks to the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation for last years grant to purchase a FLIR unit for each of our vessels. After searching Buccaneer Bay we headed over to McNaughton Pt. and begun a shoreline search towards Smuggler Cove. With great local knowledge we picked our way through the narrow entrance and rocky shoreline. Situational awareness, teamwork and closed loop communications are imperative during an effective search. Our new David Clarke wireless headsets allow us to stay in constant communication with our team and Victoria Coast Guard Radio seamlessly. After  few hours of searching we called VCGR and informed them of our status, they stood us down and we proceeded back to base.

Tasking #2

Early Sunday morning we were tasked to attend to an injured boater. We were on scene at 0915. A vessel of opportunity got there first and gave the injured man some water. Our first responder attended to the patient with skill and concern. The injured man wanted was brought back to his camp and re united with his belongings.

Another day of great teamwork by Station 12…

Tasking #3

Volunteer with Station 12
We were tasked to find a 25 ft Boston Whaler that was adrift. Proceeding to the area we performed a quick search but no 25 ft Whaler was found. After contacting the reporting party we received a more detailed description and found a 17 ft Boston Whaler tied up to a log boom.
Victoria requested that we tow it to the Government Dock and then we stood down.

Tasking #4

As we headed over to the paddle festival the radio came alive again and we were tasked to a vessel taking on water. No one was on board and it had about a foot of water inside the stern that was partially submerged. No signs of oil or fuel leaks so again we stood down.

Our mission is to save lives on the water, we thank you for your support.

Volunteers Needed

1695 SAR Recruit poster 16.inddHelp us help others.

Weather as duty crew on a fast response craft or as a supporting member in our Society, consider volunteering with RCM-SAR 12.

Station 12 and the Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society are currently looking for new members. Training, camaraderie and experience on the water are just a few of the benefits our members enjoy.

The 2016 Active Duty Crew training program begins soon. New Crew interviews and orientation will be held in late September. Classroom and on-the-water training begins in October.

The Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society raoses funds and awareness for Station 12. The Society is looking for accounting, event planning, public engagement and education skills.

Please attend our open house on Thursday, September 15th from 6-8pm at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt.

 

Life rings installed at docks

Life RingAn initiative was launched by the RCM-SAR Station 12 to
install a life ring at the pier in Davis Bay. After overwhelming support from the District of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast Regional District. nine more rings will be installed at nine other beaches.

“We kept waiting for someone to install a life ring on that pier. Since it was just encouraging more and more young swimmers to swim off that beautiful new dock,” said RCM-SAR volunteer Jane MacDonald. “ That never really happened.”

In the event of an emergency, it would take RCM-SAR about 30-40 minutes to get to the scene.

“There’s a really, really hot summer coming, and if I were a kid I would be jumping off all those docks and piers,” MacDonald said. “Can we just make sure we have safety equipment?”

In addition to Davis Bay, life rings will be going in on wharves and docks in Porpoise Bay, Secret Cove, Halfmoon Bay, Trail Bay, Whiskey Slough and Pender Harbour.Life Ring (2)

– See more about this story on the Coast Reporter Newspaper.

SAR Dispatches

jane macdonald sarThe all-volunteer crews of both Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue teams (Land and Marine) have had a busy summer with taskings and continuous training exercises. A few close calls remind us of how quickly good intentions evaporate in the absence of good planning. We understand accidents happen; that’s why we remain on call 24/7/365.

On the water, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue volunteers responded to a call at midnight recently when a small vessel carrying several enthusiastic campers lost power. The 3.5’ swells and heavy winds off North Thormanby Island required a swift response. After a search, our crew found the vessel (and its frightened passengers bracing the waves) thanks to their mobile devices. The only functioning light source on board. SOS signals from a handheld phone can work, as evidenced by the rescue however, having a flashlight, flare or strobe is required. More importantly, “wearing” a life jacket or personal flotation device is vital in situations where Mother Nature is working her powers. Being safe trumps vanity, every time. All boaters are reminded to “wear” their PFD’s.

On Land, there were two call outs to assist with BC Ambulance Service. One at Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, the other at Smuggler Cove. Both calls were to assist elderly hikers and were resolved without injury. Please remember to bring plenty of food and water when out on trails. Be aware of potential fire situations and report wildfires immediately.

Complimentary Pleasure Craft Safety Checks were conducted by crew members at Secret Cove Marina in July. Over a dozen boat owners were treated to friendly boat safety and equipment inventory inspections by members of Station 12. Passing a Pleasure Craft Safety Check inspection ensures boaters have the right equipment on board, and qualifies boaters to receive discounts on insurance coverage. A precaution that pays.

An Open House and Fall Recruiting Drive is in the works for September 15 for RCM-SAR Station 12 at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt from 6-7:30pm. Both Society (administrative and fundraising) and Crew (on water) volunteers are needed. Play safe

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Join our volunteer rescue team!

Rescue crew warming up at the Polar Bear Swim 2015 in Davis Bay.

Even if you don’t know the green side from the red side or the pointy end from the flat end, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue appreciates your interest. This could be your opportunity to join a diverse team of fun people who like to learn new skills while contributing back to their local community. RCMSAR is a volunteer organization with the mission to save lives on the water. Achieving this mission requires people with a range of skills and experience, for both active SAR positions and support positions.

Friendships, passion and dedication

The regional organization is made up of more than 1,200 men and women from juniors of 16 years to seniors in their 80s, with every sort of education or background experience. Volunteers are trained to respond to all sorts of marine emergencies. We also help in areas such as administration, vessel maintenance, fund-raising and boating safety/education.

New members learning self recovery skills

Becoming an active SAR crew member requires passion, energy and time. The reward is friendship, fun and helping those in need. As well as on the water crew there are also management roles and supporting positions available. Ongoing training is provided both on the water and in the classroom at no personal cost. This a requirement for maintaining active status. Training includes skills such as boat handling, seamanship, navigation, radio operations, first aid, search and rescue and collision regulations.

All RCM-SAR stations are under the same overall organization and operate in the same manner of volunteer crews and supporters. Utilizing and maintaining modern, well equipped, purpose built rescue vessels, we remain at the ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Oyster Beach, Sechelt Inlet

If you are interested in joining our team, please email: info@rcmsar12.org