Annual closure of Canadian Coast Guard seasonal search and rescue stations

News release

November 22nd, 2019

Québec, Quebec - The Canadian Coast Guard will proceed with the annual closure of its seasonal search and rescue stations in Québec, Tadoussac, Kegaska, Rivière-au-Renard and Havre-Saint-Pierre starting November 25, 2019. The Cap-aux-Meules base will close on December 30, 2019.

The Canadian Coast Guard's seasonal stations are strategically located to provide rapid assistance and to minimize the risk of injury or loss of life and to reduce the number and severity of maritime incidents and risks to the environment.

The stations' activities start in April, before boating season begins, and end in November. Once winter sets in, the Canadian Coast Guard's rescue boats can no longer be used in the prevailing navigation conditions in the St. Lawrence River and Gulf, which include freezing spray and ice.

During the winter, the Canadian Coast Guard mainly uses its icebreakers and, if necessary, any other vessels of opportunity. Canadian Coast Guard has search and rescue partnerships with other government departments, such as the Department of National Defence, who provide air support when necessary.

Search and rescue calls can be made to the Canadian Coast Guard at all times at 1-800-463-4393 or through channel 16 on VHF radios.

For more information on the Canadian Coast Guard's search and rescue services, visit www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca.

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Contacts

Regional Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region
media.qc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
418-648-5474

Cecely Roy
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
613-992-3474
cecely.roy@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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