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Ship's Log 2012

Abbreviations

SAR = Search and Rescue Tasking

Non-SAR = An on water service provided as a courtesy to the boater

Other = Other community services

CCG = Canadian Coast Guard

CCGA = Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

Coastwatcher = Volunteer in TOWARF’s Waterfront Watch Program

DSC = Digital Selective Calling Marine VHF Radio

HQ = Towarf Headquarters

HRPS = Halton Region Police Service

JRCC = Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Trenton

MARB = Marine Assistance Radio Broadcast

OFD = Oakville Fire Department

OPBC = Oakville Power Boat Club

PCCC = Pleasure Craft Courtesy Check

POB = Persons on Board

PIW = Person in Water

Prescott (PCGR) = Prescott Coast Guard Radio

PWC = Personal Water Craft

TECC = TOWARF Emergency Callout Crew

 7-Apr Rescue Boat returns from winter storage. Awaiting engine replacement.
14-Apr Engine swap, stocking and cleaning the Rescue Boat keeps our volunteers busy today
17-Apr AGM at Town Hall - Peter Fairweather awarded Member of the Year by Commander Mark Dowinton - Fred W Oliver Award for outstanding crew of the year goes to Capt Meghan Pond Smith and Crew 8
2-May Our first incident of the season! Rescue Boat provides courtesy tow to sailboat.
21-May Tasked by Rescue Center to assist vessel out of fuel towed 7.3nm to Bronte Harbour 5POB
23-May Notify and assist Oakville Fire - suspected fuel spill Bronte Outer Harbour
31-May Tasked by Rescue Center escorted partially demasted vessel to Oakville Harbour
6-Jun Alert Coast Watcher reports sailboat in difficulty in thunderstorm - incident resolved before Rescue Boat dispatched
8-Jun tasked by Rescue Centre emergency CALLOUT crew responded to 30 ft sailboat with mechanical problems 8POB towed to Bronte finished 1am
10-Jun Oakville Mayor’s Picnic & Band Concert at Lakeside Park and TOWARF holds Open House for visitors
10-Jun Major search Western ‪Lake Ontario for missing PWC 1POB found safe on land - 2 CCGA 1 CCG vessel
10-Jun Tasked by Rescue Centre to assist power boat with mechanical problem towing to Bronte
10-Jun Mayday person in water Rescue Boat diverting from earlier tasking - Halton Marine 1 on scene and persons safe
14-Jun CALLOUT crew activated by Rescue Centre to assist sailboat in distress off ‪Bronte Harbour - stood down before Rescue Boat launched
16-Jun tasked by JRCC to assist PWC disabled off Edgemere Park 3POB towed to ‪Oakville Harbour
16-Jun Mayday Relay from Coast Guard radio - 4 year old PIW tasked by JRCC to Jack Darling Park area - child found and our boat stood down
19-Jun Call from Halton Police Dispatch - disabled vessel off Bronte - tasked by Rescue Centre - Towed to ‪Oakville Harbour
23-Jun TOWARF Boating Safety Specialists do free PCCC at Oakville Public Dock for boater who signed up on website
24-Jun TOWARF Boating Safety Specialists are hosted by Oakville Yacht Squadron Commodore and do PCCCs on TGIF Race Night20-Jun Rescue Center CALLOUT for 19 ft power boat with mechanical failure 2POB - Crew 5 towed them to ‪Bronte Harbour
29-Jun Met with 10 youth sailing instructors at Bronte Harbour Yacht Club. Topics: boating safety, contacts in case of emergency and TOWARF.
30-Jun Requested by Coast Guard to stand by if required for distress vessel off 50 Point - stood down30-Jun Tasked by Rescue Centre - 19' powerboat 4POB disabled off St Lawrence Pier - towed to Port Credit
1-Jul Rescue Boat began afternoon at Bronte talking to folks attending Canada Day event and giving boat tours
1-Jul Pan Pan overturned sailboat 2 PIW - on scene with Halton Police - minor injuries - Rescue Boat towed vessel - Police transport crew
1-Jul First aid to rollerblader on pier in Bronte with apparent broken leg - transferred care to EMS when they arrived on scene
2-Jul Volunteers do speedy engine replacement so Rescue Boat can be available for marine emergencies - Awesome effort by members - Rescue Boat back in service to long weekend boaters after engine changed in less than 8 hours
2-Jul Members stop work on Rescue Boat to assist boater with engine failure in Oakville Harbour
2-Jul Responded to disabled powerboat taking on water just off Oakville - engine started escorted to Harbour –Halton Police also on scene
8-Jul Tasked by rescue centre towed disabled powerboat 1POB from St Lawrence Pier area to Oakville - Courtesy tow on to Bronte
8-Jul Tasked by Rescue Centre to investigate report of orange raft 4km off Coronation - questioned nearby vessels and searched nothing found
14-Jul Provided minor fist aid to fisherman who approached Rescue Boat with cut arm
16-Jul Stood by to assist but not required - 21' disabled power boat
21-Jul Three people have been taken to hospital after a boat exploded Saturday afternoon in the Oakville Harbour
21-Jul telephone report from Coast Watcher - Paddle Boater in difficulty - Rescue Boat investigated - All Okay
22-Jul Rescue Boat in Bronte Outer Harbour - completed 3 free Pleasure Craft Courtesy Checks22-Jul Bronte Harbour - provided first aid to young girl with cuts to leg
22-Jul Coast Watcher identifies possible distress vessel - tasked by Rescue Centre - no assistance required
23-Jul CALLOUT crew responds to reports of vessel on rocks in Oakville Harbour - good Samaritan secured vessel - Rescue Boat not required
24-Jul Rescue Boat attends Port Credit Boat Show and welcomes visitors
30-Jul Received report from HRPS. JRCC tasks Rescue Boat to assist 18 ft bowrider that hit a rock. Vessel towed to safety.
5-Aug 2:15 AM CALLOUT from JRCC. Disabled sailboat off Oakville Harbour 4POB. Rough seas. Towed. Rescue Boat secured at 3:30AM
6-Aug Tasked by JRCC to assist disabled vessel on rocks near Coronation Park 3POB. Refloated with help of Good Samaritan & towed to Bronte
6-Aug Mayday Relay possible PIW from raft off Burlington Beach. Searched w/ DND helicopter, HRPS & a Good Samaritan. Nothing found.
16-Aug CALLOUT from JRCC - Rescue Boat launched to assist stranded 12 ft Seadoo w/ 5 POB near Oakville St Lawrence pier Lake Ontario
20-Aug Tasked by JRCC 19' fishing boat adrift off PortCredit 1POB - when on scene Good Samaritan had already assisted them to Harbour
2-Sep CALLOUT - Disabled vessel off Oakville Harbour - stood down before Rescue Boat launched - assisted by Good Samaritan
12-Sep Tasked by JRCC to assist disabled vessel off Port Credit - Stood down - vessel and crew safe
22-Sep CALLOUT crew activated by JRCC - missing windsurfer Hamilton bay - stood down before Rescue Boat launched - person located
3-Oct CALLOUT Mayday Vessel on rocks in thick fog near Shell Pier - Rescue Boat on scene in record time - 2POB Rescued
27-Oct Oakville Beaver reporter and photographer did a "ride along" on the Rescue Boat for demonstration of volunteer marine SAR in action
28-Oct  Recruitment event today, with mock rescue scenarios.
31-Oct This is our 58th season of service. Halloween was our last patrol night for 2012. We will remain on call until about Nov 10.
10-Nov At 0800 hrs our 58th season ended as the Rescue Boat was hauled. Watch for it and our volunteers in the Santa Clause parade next weekend.
11-Nov Nine TOWARF members and five new recruits marched to the Oakville cenotaph ceremonies with other emergency services and veterans.
25-Nov Rescue Boat and members in the 2012 Oakville Santa Clause Parade

VOLUNTEERS SAVING LIVES ON WESTERN LAKE ONTARIO SINCE 1954
Supported by the Town of Oakville and Local Boaters
Unit # 008 of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

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