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CONTRIBUTION · 11th August 2012
Duncan Peacock
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue " RCM SAR" mission statement is to save %100 of lives at risk through Search and Rescue and pro actively through boating safety. The" Kids don`t float " Personal flotation device loaner station was initially a program from Alaska to adress a high number of drownings by children.

The program was adopted by RCM SAR then Canadian Coast Guard Aux [Pacific] in 2002. On the BC coast ,many of the 55 RCM SAR Stations and their supporting societies operate the program . The program is a partnership with Mustang Survival who supplies all the PFD`S.

The program works on the honour system with PFD`s for children being available to borrow and return . This enables anyone who may unexpectedly not have the proper fitting PFD for a child to have one . It is law that all persons on board a vessel will have the proper size of PFD.

Safety is a culture that is learned and it is the hope that with children being familiarized with proper use and type of PFS`s in the future they may be reminding their parents of the importance .

The station is comprised of a graphic board with 11 PFD`s hanging below . Each PFD has a card attached with terms of use and a whistle . Whistles are a great emergency summoning device for children . Instructing the child to have the whistle in the mouth if ever falling into the water will stop the swallowing of water and attract attention .

The local Kitimat Marine Rescue Society operates the station at MK Bay in Kitimat with the support of the Marina Management .

For any info or wishing to contribute to the community with RCM SAR call Duncan Peacock 632-4195.
Great Article
Comment by Larry on 12th August 2012
Keep up the good work.
Kids don't float
Comment by Carlosroberto on 12th August 2012
A great idea and one that may save a life.

Kudos to the Kitimat Marine Rescue Society!