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“Does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?” This poignant line from the Gordon Lightfoot song Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, sums up the reason that Canadian Coast Guard and Search and Rescue personnel go to work every day. On the east coast of Canada, from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, to the rugged coast of Labrador, to the tidal waters of the Bay of Fundy and throughout the Gulf of St. Lawrence, these men and women have provided ...

Coast Guard Closes Seasonal SAR Stations for Winter

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 ...

UPDATED: Search for Missing Fishermen Changed to a Recovery Mission

Coast Guard officials have said the search for two missing fishermen has being handed off to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and has changed from a search and rescue effort to a recovery. The RCMP said on Thursday that with the Coast Guard ceasing its search efforts at sea, they will now look to conduct a coordinated search from land. Previous story: Coast Guard personnel are continuing to search the Freshwater Bay area, outside St. John’s Harbour, for two missing fisher...

It’s Not What They Say: Atlantic Quest I

Helping people in distress is something that goes back three generations in Shawn Tracey’s family. His grandfather was the lighthouse keeper on the Strait of Belle Isle and his father was a radio operator for 35 years. “That’s where my parents met in the late 50s,” says Tracey and the rest is family history. Tracey is 53 years old and originally from Stephenville. He has worked with the Canadian Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) since September ...

25 Seconds: The M/V Flare

It was only 25 seconds of time, but it will stay with Ann-Margret White forever. White is 49 years old and from Corner Brook. She graduated University with a double degree in French and German. She started her career teaching high school French, waiting for full time employment, when her mother saw an ad in a local newspaper. “This might be a job for you,” her mother said, “it’s a radio operator with Coast Guard and you need Grade 12 and French.” Today she’s the Regional ...

Training with the Canadian Coast Guard

Photos courtesy of Combat Camera and Canadian Coast Guard.

Water Still Muddy on Sub-Centre Issue: Government Considering Options for St. John’s Role in Search and Rescue Co-ordination

It appeared to be full steam ahead for those onboard when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter last fall to Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo directed him, as a priority, to re-open the maritime rescue sub-centre in St. John’s and the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver. It was a follow-up on a campaign promise prior to the last federal election to reverse a decision by the previous Conservative government to close those facilities. But while the engines have ...

Coast Guard Reopens Seasonal SAR Bases

Now that spring is here, the Canadian Coast Guard would like to inform the public that its seasonal search and rescue bases in Quebec City, Tadoussac, Kegaska, Rivière-au-Renard, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Cap-aux-Meules are open. The Canadian Coast Guard’s seasonal bases are strategically located to provide rapid assistance and reduce the number and severity of maritime incidents and risks to the environment. The bases are open from April to November. The Canadian Coast Guard reminds the ...