For On-Water Emergency:

  • Channel 16 - VHF Radio
  • Dial *16 - Cell Phone
  • 1-800-267-7270 - JRCC
  • Dial 911 - Local EMS

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You asked?

Q:  How do I contact you on the water?
If you require assistance on the water, you must contact us through Prescott Coast Guard on channel 16 on your VHF radio.  You can also dial *16 on your cell phone.  Before responding to a distress situation, we must have authorization.  If the Coast Guard feels it is appropriate for us to respond, they will dispatch us.  They may also dispatch other vessels or aircraft in order to get help to you faster.

Q:  Do you charge a fee for your services?
A:  No!  There are no fees for any of our services, however, we will gladly accept any donations to the unit.

Q:  Do your members get paid?
A:  No!  Our members are all volunteers and receive no compensation for their services.

Q:  How is your unit funded?
A:  As a unit, we are reimbursed at an hourly rate by the Canadian Coast Guard through contributions agreements.  This is only for the time we spend while on a call.  Other operations are funded in part by the City of Port Colborne and through our own fundrasing efforts and donations.

Q:  Do I need a PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Card)?
A:  Yes!  Everyone who operates a motorized vessel now requires a PCOC.

Q:  What do I do with expired flares?
A:  You can keep them!  There is no law that says flares must be discarded as soon as they expire.  Often they will work just fine years after they have expired.  It doesn’t hurt to keep a few extra in case you get into trouble, however, you must still meet legal requirements with current, non-expired flares!  If you do need to discard old flares, this must be done in a safe manner.  Sometimes police or fire departments will accept flares on a certain collection day.  Contact your local departments or your local marina for more information.

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 US Coast Guard rescues the crew of the HMS Bounty, lost during hurricane Sandy, October 29th, 2012