How much does it cost to provide lifesaving Search and Rescue services?

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  • $30 is the price of protective goggles, which improve vision during foul weather rescues

    $50 pays for a strobe light, which could save the life of a crewmember swept overboard during a night rescue

    $72 is the price of a helmet - essential for a crewmember racing at high speeds to a rescue

    $150 pays for a utility vest, which gives a crewmember quick access to first aid and safety equipment

    $400 buys a radio for fast communication between rescue crews and rescue coordinators

    $500 is the price of an all-weather survival suit, necessary for British Columbia's freezing waters and harsh winter storms

An average incident costs $174 in fuel and equipment wear and tear just to have a single crew tasked. This amount does not include the initial purchase of the vessel or the purchase of sophisticated navigation, communication and crew equipment onboard.

Please donate today.  All donations are tax deductible.

How can I make a donation?

1) Click the button below to donate through Canada Helps:

You can make a one-time donation, monthly donations, and even send a charity gift card! CanadaHelps accepts donations by credit card, including Visa, Mastercard and Amex, and by Visa Debit and Interac Online.

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2) Send a cheque, payable to Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society, to: 

PO Box 702, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1A0

3) Use Paypal - send to

4) Add GIMRS to your Estate Planning:

Leave money in your will to Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society and take pleasure in the fact that your gift will benefit the local community and possibly save lives long into the future.