Unit 50

Angels in orange: Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit 50 – Port McNeill

Port McNeill's Unit 50 of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, CCGA, held a very successful first training session aboard Campbell River's Craig Dunn training vessel under the watchful eye of Safety Management Officer, Chris Rasmussen Feb. 17-20.

PORT McNEILL – A brilliant red and yellow, 29-foot Polaris rigid hull inflatable sporting twin 200-hp four stroke Yamaha outboards was pounding through the chop on Broughton Strait day and night last weekend, loaded with a squad of orange-clad, helmeted would-be angels of mercy.Unit 50 of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, CCGA, held a very successful first training session aboard Campbell River’s Craig Dunn training vessel under the watchful eye of Safety Management Officer, Chris Rasmussen, said Port McNeill’s unit chief Aaron Frost.”We had eight members receive their marine emergency duty, MED, A3 training and Saturday and Sunday the members passed their Level 1 first aid training,” said Frost. “We spent seven hours each day training on the water and the crews were out Saturday and Sunday night doing night drives.”Frost told the Gazette that within four to six weeks Unit 50 will receive a loaner 733 rigid hull inflatable, RHI, to use as a practice vessel until they can afford their own. He also announced that other CCGA units in B.C. have donated $10,000 worth of new equipment to his fledgling unit. New floater suits, dry suits, search and rescue vests, personal floatation devices, and a hypothermia bag were among the items donated.Additional equipment is coming from Nanaimo’s CCGA unit who promised a search and rescue pump, SAR-pump. Delta has promised $3,000 for equipment of his unit’s choosing, said Frost.Unit 50s roster lists twelve “solid” members. Frost says he is looking for more members. He plans to visit the high school in the coming weeks. The unit is looking for volunteer members 16 years of age and older who live within 15 minutes of the dock. Frost would like to see at least 25 members on the roster.

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