RCM-SAR Station 59 members joined with Station 60 (Comox) on November 6, 2016, to engage in cold water training at Comox Lake.

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During cold weather operations, most RCM-SAR crew members wear Mustang Survival flotation suits, which are designed to protect the wearer from foul or cold weather. The suits use closed-cell foam to offer flotation and hypothermia protection in the event of water immersion.

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Crew members put their flotation suits to the test by jumping into the frigid waters of Comox Lake, with excellent results.

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In addition to cold water immersion exercises, participants practiced capsize survival and vessel re-boarding techniques — excellent training for search and rescue missions in our local waters.

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