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Ship's Log 2013

 

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

Mar 15 Boat and Equipment committee volunteers plan launching of Rescue Boat for April 27 patrol season opening

Mar 16 First Aid recertification for our volunteers

Mar 24 TOWARF members staff booth at Oakville Canadian Power and Sail Squadron BBQ - great season kickoff focusing on training and safety

Apr 2 Burloak Canoe Club launchs its on-water season Saturday, April 6 with public open houses and registration

Apr 6 Today members learn cold water survival in classroom & water - hands on with survival suits, PFDs and inflatable liferaft

Apr 17 Capt. John Miller and Crew 7 earn Crew of the Year Award at TOWARF AGM

Apr 17 Mile Rankin receives Member of Year Award for 2012 from Commander Rick Bee at AGM

Apr 17 Megan Pond Smith recognized for 20 years of Coast Guard Auxiliary service by District Director Nigel Spink

May 13 1st SAR CALLOUT of season -Rescue Center tasks us to assist Hobie Cat overturned with PIW - thanks to @HaltonPolice for doing rescue

May 20 Cellphone call from disabled cabin cruiser off Oakville 2 POB towed to safety by Rescue Boat

May 24 Massive SAR exercise on Lake Ontario off Oakville tomorrow CC130 Hercules & CH16 Griffon Helicopter

May 25 Canadian Forces CC130 Hercules from 424 Tiger Squadron Trenton joins Lake Ontario SAR Exercise off Oakville

May 25 While some members were on the water with the #SAR Exercise others spent the weekend doing First Aid training

Jun 1 Mayday for capsized sailboat in Hamilton Harbour – Rescue Boat searching with Hamilton Police and helicopter

Jun 1 Rescue Boat Diverted By JRCC responding to Mayday from 35 foot sailboat in danger of going ashore - secured and towed to Oakville Bronte Harbour

Jun 9 Oakville Mayor’s Picnic Lakeside Park - TOWARF open house 12-4 PM – Tours of rescue boat & radio room also boating safety displays and members to answer questions

Jun 13 Emergency Callout - Rescue Boat launched in record time - empty kayak adrift off Port Credit

Jun 9 Telephone call from bow rider off #Oakville engine problem assistance broadcast from Coast Guard Radio vessel towed by Good Samaritan

Jun 16 Oakville Fire visits TOWARF for training exercise

Jun 22 Oakville's Power Boat Squadron 2013 season now underway with annual fleet sailpast out of Oakville harbour.

Jun 22 Rescue Boat uses hip tow assisting disabled cabin cruiser with 2 POB

Jul 1 Rescue Boat at Bronte Canada Day fireworks celebrations

Jun 25 Mayday call as crew started shift - received word Hamilton Police had rescued persons in the water just after Rescue Boat launched

Jun 29 telephone call from broken down sailboat - provided courtesy tow to #Oakville Club

Jun 29 tasked by #JRCC to check welfare of 14 ft rowboat 3POB off Etobicoke - stood down all okay

Jul 7 MAYDAY - missing swimmer - TOWARF, Cape Storm, Hamilton Beach Rescue, Peel and Halton Police respond - found safe on shore

Jul 6 assist Halton Region Police Service in locating a vessel

Jul 6 Rescue Boat came upon a disabled power boat 3POB tasked by JRCC towed to Oakville Harbour

Jul 20 Rescue Boat attending 9th annual #Oakville Easter Seals Regatta for children with physical disabilities

Jul 20 Boat & Equipment Committee doing vessel maintenance now - big money and time saver that ALL maintenance done in-house by our volunteers

Jul 25 CALLOUT from JRCC - Rescue Boat responding to a Humber Bay Mayday call with Cape Storm, Peel Police and & Toronto Fireboat

Jul 28 Rescue Boat responding to Mayday. Flare sighted by West Jet aircraft and from land off Port Credit. Multiple vessels responding

Jul 28 Mayday in Toronto Harbour for Person in Water from tour boat - our Rescue Boat stood by in case required

Aug 3 Assisted Hamilton Beach Rescue Unit in locating missing person in harbour

Aug 14 Oakville Beaver publishes "TOWARF to the Rescue on Lake Ontario"By reporter Dominik Kurek & photog Nikki Wesley THANKS!

Aug 23 Rescue Boat spent a great day at Port Credit Boat Show welcoming visitors along side Cape Storm

Aug 23 Assisted re floating sailboat aground off Credit River - courtesy assistance while attending Port Credit Boat Show

Wednesday night SAR training with Hamilton Beach Rescue Unit readies crews for emergencies

Aug 25 Tasked by #JRCC Trenton to assist sailboat with 3POB off Shell Pier - towed to Bronte Harbour

Labour Day long weekend open house welcomed visitors to our #Oakville Navy Street HQ and Rescue Boat tours

Sep 2 Distress call from sailboat 3POB in Humber Bay - tasked by JRCC - located vessel and towed to Oakville

Sep 2 Marine Assistance Broadcast for disabled sailboat 2POB off Oakville - tasked by JRCC – located vessel and towed

Sep 15 Marine Assistance Broadcast for disabled power boat 3POB - tasked by JRCC Trenton towed to Bronte Harbour

Sep 10 PANPAN - report of overturned vessel off Oakville - tasked by JRCC to investigate

Sep 24 Hosted a group of Scouts at HQ

Sep 15 Tasked by Rescue Centre to assist stranded power boat 3POB with electrical failure - towed to Bronte Harbour

Sep 28 Tasked by Rescue Centre to assist disabled 27ft sailboat – located and towed to Oakville harbour

Oct 11 CALLOUT from Rescue Centre to investigate sailboat discharging flares off Bronte - Stood down before Rescue Boat launched

Oct 13 Callout at 2:45AM - Rescue Boat part of search involving USCG, CCG and Canadian Forces Air support

Oct 13 Rescue Boat spent all night searching for possible vessel reported sinking

Oct 12 Rescue Boat on routine patrol sighted sailing vessel discharging flares - mechanical failure - towed to Oakville Harbour 1POB

Nov 11 TOWARF Members march in the #Oakville Remembrance Day Parade today.

Nov 12 Our 59th season of #SAR and boating safety service to Oakville boaters is over

Nov 16 Rescue Boat and Members participate in 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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