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REPORTING · 9th April 2014
Walter McFarlane
Duncan Peacock of the Kitimat Marine Rescue Society was at the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday April 7th to thank the Community for the purchase of the new Marine Rescue Vessel.

“We’ve had a project on the go now for three years, to buy a better equipped rescue vessel for the people of Kitimat and Kitimat Village. I’m happy to report the project has come to its end. We are now in possession of the Vessel,” said Peacock.

He said the vessel is world class. It will provide years of service to Kitimat. It was a $600,000 project. However, the project was a success thanks to the optimism of Kitimat’s new businesses and industry.

They are training on the new vessel. It is an enclosed vessel, has air conditioning, heating, room for three stretchers. It has twin diesel engines, 450 horsepower each. There are twin Hamilton jets so they do not have problems with debris. It is world class and based on European design.

“It’s a big step forward and we would like to say thank you to the people of Kitimat and thank you to the Council for supporting us on this endeavour,” said Peacock.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan recalled a night when they had to exchange the crew because they were covered with ice because it was cold and the water was coming up over the sides.

“You do a lot for our community. We want to thank you and we’re really glad that you have a vessel where you can train and start using,” said Monaghan.

Kitimat Search and Rescue is planning a launching for the vessel in a month and a half.