WATCH: $100-thousand awarded to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station in Oak Bay
A one-time, $100-thousand community gaming grant was awarded to the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station in Oak Bay Thursday.
The volunteers of the Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society respond to about 50 emergencies on the water every year and they say the the financial boost will be put to good use.
“Approximately 50 percent will go into our restricted funds account for our major project of a new vessel to replace our old vessel,” says Terry Calveley, Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society.
“Those vessels cost approximately 400 thousand dollars so it’s a very generous contribution for towards that program and the other half will go towards operations.”
The Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society has approximately 40 crew, it costs about $1 thousand each to outfit them with the necessary safety gear in addition to training costs, fuel and vessel maintenance.