For marine emergencies:
Call “Coast Guard Radio” on a VHF marine radio, or
Dial 911 or *16 on a mobile phone (or landline)
Marine distress calls initiated in our region are managed by the Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria. The JRCC, jointly staffed by trained Canadian Forces and Canadian Coast Guard personnel, is manned 24 hours a day.
JRCC Victoria is located at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt and is responsible for planning, coordinating, controlling and conducting aeronautical and maritime search and rescue (SAR) operations within Victoria’s Search and Rescue Region (SRR). In addition, JRCC co-ordinates search and rescue units’ response for humanitarian incidents in accordance with national policy and regional directives.
Once JRCC is notified that a person(s) is in danger, the SAR Coordinator begins to organize the rescue. All available information about the person(s) in danger is gathered and recorded and the positions of potential assisting resources in the area of the incident are determined. SAR Coordinators are trained to evaluate various situations and send the most effective resources to deal with a particular incident. In complex and major incidents, many resources are often sent or tasked to assist.