Alberni’s new coast guard boat arrives

Coast Guard Auxiliary unit leader Ian Arklie

Coast Guard Auxiliary unit leader Ian Arklie

Stepping onto the deck of the Alberni Responder, the Coast Guard Auxiliary unit’s new 36-foot, closed cabin rescue boat, it’s so new you don’t want to move too fast for fear of scratching it. Opening the door to the cabin, the “new boat” smell assaults the nostrils.

And there is no mistaking the excitement in the voices of unit leader Ian Arklie and marine rescue society president Pete Tabler’s voices as they talk about their acquisition.

The men were two of four coxswains from the unit who brought the vessel home from Titan Inflatables in Sidney, a trip that took about six hours.

The vessel is a Falkins class aluminum rigid hull inflatable powered by two 350 hp Yamaha outboard motors, and is the second one built on Vancouver Island.

The Nanaimo auxiliary unit received the first boat, Tabler said. Three more are being built for units in Prince Rupert, Richmond and the North Shore.

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and Transport Canada decided that any new boats coming into the fleet should be standardized; there are three models, including the closed cabin under 40 feet, like the Alberni Responder.

“This design enhances safety for the crew,” Arklie said. The vessel is heated, seats up to 12 people and can accommodate a standard BC Ambulance stretcher. It is also designed to roll over completely.

The new boat expands the unit’s capability, he added. Members can take it to Bamfield in the open ocean, transport more people to a search area or transport injured people more comfortably.

The auxiliary’s old Zodiac has been sold to another unit in Ginglox, up by the Nass River on B.C.’s north coast.

The Port Alberni unit has been using a loaner boat until their new one arrived. They will have to keep using it until at least May, until all the crew members are trained on the new boat, Arklie said.

The unit hopes to have a vessel dedication ceremony in May so the public can check out the new boat.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

The Port Alberni Bombers are one of the newest teams in the VIJHL. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni Bombers to host first ID camp for roster spots

Roster spots for the Junior B team will be filled at the conclusion of the camp

Douglas Holmes, current Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer, is set to take on that position at the Regional District of Nanaimo come late August. (Submitted photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s next CAO keen to work on building partnerships

Douglas Holmes to take over top administrator role with RDN this summer

AW Neill Elementary School in Port Alberni. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
SD70 chooses new name for AW Neill School in Port Alberni

New name honours Nuu-chah-nulth Peoples’ connection to region

Ron MacDonald fields questions at a news conference in Halifax on Sept. 27, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Finding ‘comfortable’ indigenous monitor tough task in Tofino-area shooting death

Julian Jones case hampered by difficulty finding a civilian comfortable with privacy protocols

Port Alberni RCMP officer in command Insp. Eric Rochette presents longtime community policing volunteer Louie Aumair with a OIC appreciation certificate. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni RCMP honour longtime volunteer

First responders receive support from broader community

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read