The Canadian Coast Guard’s Kitsilano search and rescue station will be shut down as part of a massive round of layoffs underway at the federal Department of Fisheries and Ocean. Canadian Coast Guard officials met with staff at the Kitsilano station yesterday afternoon to discuss the details about the closure.
The Kits station is staffed by 12 crew and responded to almost 300 calls last year, many involving recreational boaters. The Kits station will be consolidated with the Sea Island hovercraft base, located 17 nautical miles from its current location at Vanier Park.
According to the Vancouver Sun this search and rescue station has already responded to 70 calls this calendar year.
Photo: Dave White, News1130
Last modified: May 18, 2012