The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region will close its seasonal search and rescue stations in Lark Harbour and Port aux Choix on December 7, 2016.
The vessels from the seasonal search and rescue stations cannot operate in the ice-covered waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The seasonal stations will resume operations in April, 2017.
The Canadian Coast Guard’s stations are strategically located to provide assistance as quickly as possible in order to minimize loss of life, injury, and property damage in the maritime environment at peak times during the year.
For its winter search and rescue operations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Canadian Coast Guard uses icebreakers and calls on vessels of opportunity as well as on Department of National Defence aircraft, when necessary.