inister of Public Safety and Solicitor
General and Minister Responsible for Emergency Preparedness Mike
Farnworth has issued the following statement on Search and Rescue
Volunteer Memorial Day.
Columbia’s remarkable geographic diversity affords residents and
visitors a wide range of outdoor experiences. Every time we set off on
an adventure, we do so with every intention of a safe return.
“Unfortunately, accidents happen. A wrong
turn, a rogue wave or a simple misstep can be the difference between a
planned return home and a call for help. When we have to make that call,
we should all consider ourselves fortunate that we can count on the
thousands of search and rescue volunteers from the BC Search and Rescue
Association, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, and PEP Air who
brave this province’s most unforgiving environments to help return us to
“Day in, day out, these volunteers
willingly head into British Columbia’s rugged wilderness, plunge into
frigid waters or provide aerial support to assist perfect strangers.
They invest time and energy in training, and they stand ready to deploy
at a moment’s notice and put themselves in harm’s way.
“They make great
sacrifices, and sometimes, they make the ultimate
“Today, we honour the
search and rescue volunteers who lost their lives while
working to save others. We owe them an immense debt of
gratitude, and we will continue to take inspiration from
their bravery and selflessness.
“To the volunteers and
their families who regularly put their lives on hold to
support this vital service, thank you. Your contribution
to the safety of all British Columbians is immeasurable,
and our support for B.C.’s search and rescue
organizations and volunteers is unwavering.
“On this Search and Rescue
Volunteer Memorial Day, I encourage all British
Columbians to join me in honouring those who serve and
those who have lost their lives.”
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