Charles Hawkswell, Commander, of the Cape Lazo Power and Sail Squadron, presents a $1,000 cheque to the Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society. File photo

Comox removing moorage fees, hydro for Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society

Last year, the unit and society responded to more than 50 rescue missions in the past year

The Town of Comox will grant the Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society a five-year no-cost moorage and hydro at the Comox Municipal Marina for two 38′ berths and three dingy spots.

The request for no-cost moorage came following a presentation in March by Dave Mellin, president of the society along with Roch Massicotte, station leader.

The 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week CVMRS and RCM-SAR Station 60 Comox have been operating within the community since 1978. Volunteers provide marine search and rescue services to commercial, recreational and tourist users of the waters surrounding the Comox Valley. They also interact directly with the community providing boating safety education and prevention training – all with the aim of saving lives on the water.

Their area of coverage is from Oyster River to Fanny Bay and as far as Texada Island in the Georgia Straight; they will also assist neighbouring areas.

Last year, the unit and society responded to more than 50 rescue missions in the past year. All Station 60 executives serve as well as trained crew or coxain on the Cape Lazo and the Paul Giles vessels.

In her report to council, Shelly Russwurm, the town’s director of corporate services noted the foregone cost of the three dingy spots plus hydro is approximately $600 per year.

Mayor Russ Arnott told council the decision to proceed with the no-cost moorage “is pretty simple … they do great work.”

The motion to cover the cost of moorage and hydro for the organization was passed unanimously.

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