Submitted by the Massett Marine Rescue Society–Mariners working or playing within the northern waters of Haida Gwaii will be safer in the event of a marine emergency, thanks to the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Massett and its new rescue vessel that arrived May 12. The specialized 27-foot rigid-hull inflatable vessel was built by Zodiac Hurricane with funding provided by Gwaii Trust, the Province of BC, and proceeds from the annual fishing derby on Father’s Day weekend. Free barge transport up the coast was provided by North Arm Transportation.
Receipt of the dedicated search and rescue vessel marks a high point in the 27 year history of the Massett Coast Guard Auxiliary as it is the first community owned resource that is capable of responding to marine emergencies in potentially extreme sea conditions. Examples of the vessel and crew’s capabilities include towing, fire fighting, dewatering and searching for overdue boats; investigating pollution reports; and transporting injured people from vessels to medical aid. To report a marine emergency, call 1-800-567-5111.
During Masset Harbour Days, the new rescue vessel will be named and blessed during a dedication ceremony at the Masset marina. We invite islanders to witness and support the launch Sunday (May 21) at 3 pm. For further information, please call Chris Ashurst at 626-6013.
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