Our new Fast Rescue Vessel has arrived on the Shuswap. Thanks to Twin Anchors Houseboats, Sea Dog Rentals and Ray’s Towing from Penticton who helped make the tow very successful.
The Tolonen now needs to undergo some updates and preparations for its work on the Shuswap. In addition to equipping it for its missions, crews will need to be trained on the new vessel. It is expected the Tolonen will be ready for service in the spring!
Voluntary boat inspections have been initiated on Shuswap Lake. After a training session, crews are now offering free boat safety inspections. These inspections are focused in helping boaters have all the necessary equipment on board as designated by Transport Canada. Inspection stations have been set up in Sicamous, Downtown Salmon Arm boat launch, Blind Bay boat launch and Shuswap Lake Park boat launch. This service is expected to grow next year with more dates and places for inspections. The recently acquired and updated Guardian 1 vessel is used to assist in boat inspections.
On Wednesday evening, August 23, Rob Sutherland and Bruce Weicker gave a presentation on the work of Station 106 (Shuswap) to the Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association. the presentation was well received with the Association giving a donation of $1,500.00 to the Station for equipping the new to us Fast Rescue Vessel, Tolonen, now stationed on the Shuswap. Thank you SWOA!
The fast response Rescue Vessel Tolonen, presently located with Station #5 (Victoria), will be transferred to Station 106 (Shuswap) May 31st. Following the transfer, the Tolonen will undergo a review and refit at Titan Boats, the manufacturer in Sidney, BC. Following the refit it will be transferred to Shuswap Lake (Sicamous). this is expected to take place in early July. Crews from RCM-SAR 106 (Shuswap) will spend the summer training on the “new to us” vessel preparing it for service in 2018. Stay tuned for more progress reports in the coming months.
Starting Friday, June 2 and through to Saturday, June 10, there will be a safe boating display at Centenoka Mall featuring Guardian 1, our new voluntary boat inspection vessel. Many other boating resources will be available at the display located beside the Takezushi Restaurant. Our thanks to Chris Hosokawa owner of Takezushi and Brittany Lewis, Mall Office Manager, for the support of this event.
Very recently, the Fraser Valley Boating Safety Station donated a Boating Safety Trailer to our station. They no longer had a need for unit. It came in great shape and full of resources and supplies. Watch for on display around the Shuswap!
Over the winter, we received a 19′ Boston Whaler from the Vernon Boating Safety Station. After some quick discussion, it was decide to refurbish the boat as an inspection and training vessel. The refurbishing involved a new gel-coat, painting of the super-structure, new safety equipment and a thorough check out and repair of its operating equipment. When complete, the vessel, now named Guardian 1, will be used for our new voluntary safe boating inspections. It is expected Guardian 1 will be on the water for the May long weekend.
Special thanks to the following donors who have assisted in the financing of repairs and maintenance.
Knights of Columbus
Pictured above from left to right are John Howat (Treasurer), Bruce Weicker (President Shuswap Lifeboat Society), Rob Sutherland (Station Leader, RCMSAR 106), Terry Timms (President, Sorrento Lions Club
The Sorrento Lions Club donated $2,400.00 to RCMSAR 106 for the construction and installation of a Kids Don’t Float kiosk at the CSRD Sorrento Boat Launch on Markwart Road. This is one of four kiosks to be installed on Shuswap Lake this spring. The other sites are Blind Bay Boat launch, Magna Bay boat launch and Sunnybrae Beach. Last year five kiosks were installed at Sicamous Boat Launch, Canoe Beach and Downtown Boat Launch in Salmon Arm and Herald and Shuswap Lake Provincial Parks.