Canadian Coast Guard Inshore Rescue Boat crew in Nunavut completes first season

News release

September 24, 2018

Sarnia, Ontario - The Canadian Coast Guard’s Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) station in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut completed its first season of providing maritime search and rescue services on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

The station opened in June 2018 as part of our government’s Oceans Protection Plan, which is improving marine safety in Arctic waters, in collaboration with Indigenous communities.

This season, the IRB crew in Rankin Inlet completed training with the local Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary unit to ensure that responses to search and rescue incidents are well-coordinated. By participating in a number of community events, the crew built strong partnerships within the community and promoted safe boating practices. Crew members spent over 103 hours on-the-water, and travelled 1,929 nautical miles, or 3,572 kilometres. They also responded to search and rescue cases, including an overdue vessel and subsequent search at Marble Island.

Through the IRB program, the Coast Guard employs post-secondary students to provide supplementary maritime search and rescue services during the busy summer season. In the North, the IRB program is operated by Indigenous students. Click here to apply for next year’s crew, or visit  

Marine emergencies can be called into the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at 1-800-267-7270 or to a Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre by VHF radio (channel 16) or by dialing *16 on a cell phone.  For additional information on the Canadian Coast Guard's search and rescue services, please visit:

For more information about the Inshore Rescue Boat program please visit:

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Rescue boat
The crew successfully responded to two search and rescue cases and built strong partnerships within the community of Rankin Inlet.
The Inshore Rescue Boat crew
The Inshore Rescue Boat crew in Rankin Inlet spent over 103 hours on the water this season.

Quick facts

  • In the regions where they operate, Inshore Rescue Boat crews are often the first to respond to distress calls from mariners, or to those in need of assistance, and are a vital part of the search and rescue system.

  • The station in Rankin Inlet has improved marine search and rescue coverage for the area, and has reduced reliance on other resources such as the Canadian Armed Forces or Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers.

  • Crew members acquire numerous skills and qualifications by participating in the IRB program, including boat handling, marine first aid, radio communications, search patterns, and training on Canada’s national search and rescue system.

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Regional Communications Branch            
Fisheries and Oceans Canada                
Central and Arctic Region                
Lauren Solski
Communications Advisor
Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

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