Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 60 volunteers had an eventful year in 2015. It began with an intense period of activity to get ready for a major change as Station 60 said good-bye to the Bruce Brown II after almost 20 years of service as the station’s primary response vessel and at the same time welcomed the Lazo as its replacement. This required a great deal of extra training to convert to the jet boat, and to get familiar with all the other characteristics of this new vessel that was purchased thanks to the support of BC Gaming and the people of the Comox Valley.
Exciting changes for the station didn’t stop there as volunteers began an extension on the station house thanks to funding from Gee and Associates Private Wealth Management and Investors Group as well as discounts from Slegg Lumber. This extension and improvement is much needed as intensive training continues to keep improving skill levels on the new jet boat as well as keeping up other skills and providing training to new recruits every spring.
This high level of training is necessary to be able to respond to calls for assistance that began the year on Jan. 4 with a beached vessel and finished on Dec. 26 looking for a kiteboarder in trouble that turned out to be a false alarm.
That was the 56th call of the year, of which seven turned out to be false alarms, eight were vessels adrift, another eight were vessels broken down, 10 were vessels aground and the remainder were various other types of calls. Unit 60 volunteers put in almost 400 hours carrying out these taskings that resulted in saving five people and over $1 million worth of property. For further information on Station 60 visit www.unit60comox.ca or “like” Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 60 on Facebook.