Oak Bay Sea Rescue is a Station (#33) of The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) and is a volunteer marine rescue service in Oak Bay, adjacent to the city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, operating out of the the Oak Bay Marina providing service to the water's off Oak Bay and The Juan de Fuca Strait. Oak Bay Sea Rescue is non-profit organization, separate from The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.
Oak Bay Sea Rescue was founded in 1977 as part of the Provincial Emergency Program in 1984 it was made the CMRA in June of 1984 and in 1997 Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and in 2012 it rebrands it self as Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.
On February 1st, 1989 with Minus 11 Degrees Celsius, snow showers, winds NE at 20 and gusting to 26 knots, freezing spray, conditions six-foot breaking seas, Sea smoke and snow showers reducing visibility to near zero. The Oak Bay Sea Rescue vessel the Responder on a tasking by the Victoria Rescue Co-ordination Centre the crew issued a distress and abandonedthe vessel sank with three crewmembers, spray froze instantly to their floater suits. They were all amazingly rescued by Victoria Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit 35.
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