Squamish’s Marine Search & Rescue crew has launched a fundraiser to raise the much needed cash for upgrades to their equipment.

Station 4’s vessel is due for a mid-life refit, and so far $80,000 has been secured for the project through a grant. A further $20,000 to $40,000 is now needed. The Howe Sound Marine Rescue Society, the non-profit organization that supports the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 4 (RCM-SAR) has setup a GoFundMe page.

The webpage states that the 23 person crew has worked tirelessly to raise the $80,000 to date. However the detailed quote for the required mid-life refit of the crew’s primary vessel has been budgeted at $100,937 before taxes.

Mike Sheehan with RCM-SAR Station 4 says items like radar and navigational equipment needs to be replaced; “some of the actual physical parts of the boat, so the tubes, like the inflatable tubes of the boat need to be redone… as well as personal protective equipment, we have dry suits, and all of our life vests and rescue gear, first aid gear”.

All equipment for the vessel and crew is privately funded. You can find the GoFundMe page here.

Click here for the Mountain Mornings interview with Mike Sheehan.


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