Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) is a volunteer, community-based organization that operates from 33 marine rescue stations along the British Columbia coast and interior. From Vancouver’s busy harbour to the remote waters of the North Coast, RCMSAR volunteer crews are on call 24/7 all 365 days a year to respond to marine emergencies. RCMSAR is a key member of the marine search and rescue system, operating in one of the world’s most challenging search and rescue regions.
RCMSAR volunteers stand ready to leave their jobs and their families on a moment’s notice to help people in trouble on the water – no matter how foul the weather or rough the seas. Crews are highly trained and equipped with specialized rescue vessels designed for the challenges of the West Coast and respond hundreds of times to handle nearly one-third of all the marine emergencies in the region annually.