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Coast Guard Auxiliary

Lac St. Louis West - Unit #8

In April 2011, Sauvetage Baie-D'Urfé Rescue approached the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Quebec to inquire about providing rescue service to the boaters on Lac-St.-Louis. The Baie-D'Urfé Yacht Club agreed to permit the rescue vessel docking space, and some members of the squad filled out applications to become members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA).

SBDRS Assistant Director Bryan Gillis became the Commander of the unit temporarily. The members elected Sandor 'Alex' Csank to become Commanding Officer at the first Official Annual General Meeting in November 2012.

In the spring of 2011, the newly-formed unit was provided an old Avon Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB). This boat was used for training during the summer of 2011, but was deemed unsuitable for rescue purposes in October 2011 and it was replaced by a well-equipped and much newer and more serviceable 21 foot fiberglass-hulled rescue boat in May 2012. This boat was used during the 2012 season by the CCGA's Lac St. Louis East Unit 43 in Lachine, while the new Unit's members qualified to take over as boat cox'n and crew under the guidance of the experienced members of Unit 43.

In the autumn of 2012, the new boat was brought to SBDRS Headquarters, where it was stored over the winter. In the spring of 2013, the new unit commenced its first boating season as a fully operational unit, conducting many patrols and rescue missions throughout the waters of Lac St. Louis.

With a small, but enthusiastic crew of volunteers, Unit 8 has been able to assist many boaters in trouble on the lake.