Canadian Coast Guard inshore rescue boat stations resume operations across Quebec

News release

May 25, 2021

Québec City, Quebec - The safety of mariners and the protection of the marine environment are top priorities for the Canadian Coast Guard. Our Inshore Rescue Boat stations enhance our ability to respond to emergencies in Canadian waters.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s seasonal Inshore Rescue Boat stations located in Saint-Zotique, Vaudreuil (Lac des Deux Montagnes), Beaconsfield, Longueuil, Sorel and Trois-Rivières will resume operations on Wednesday May 26, 2021 at noon. They will remain operational 7 days a week, until Wednesday September 1st 2021, at noon.

We remind boaters that public health officials’ guidance on physical distancing should be applied on the water. It is essential to follow guidelines set by public health authorities to avoid the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with health guidelines, our members practice physical distancing of at least two meters when possible, wash hands regularly, and wear a mask.

Search and rescue operations are an essential service and continue during the pandemic. However, if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, we encourage you to stay home to prevent the spread of the disease. This also helps protect our crews. If you do decide to go out, we strongly recommend that you :

  • Ensure your boat is in good condition;
  • Share your trip plan with family or friends;
  • Have enough fuel and reserves;
  • Have a mask for each person on board, for your protection and that of our members, should we need to assist you.

The Canadian Coast Guard also recommends that you wear your life jacket at all times. For more tips, including navigation laws and "rules of the road" on waterways, consult Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide online.

Any marine emergency can be reported to the Canadian Coast Guard 24/7:

Phone 1-800-463-4393 or 418-648-3599
VHF radio channel 16 (156.8 Mhz)
Mobile *16
Digital Selective Calling (DSC/VHF) channel 70
Radio frequency MF 2182 Khz.

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Contacts

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

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