Search and Rescue Duties, Responsibilities and Services

Sora a CCG Ship sailing along side a smaller CCG boat

The rescue cutter CCGC Sora is based in Amherstburg. Its primary duties are search and rescue in the waters of western Lake Erie and the Detroit River system under the direction of the Rescue Co-ordination Center in Trenton, Ontario. Our main activities include medical evacuation, search for overdue pleasure boats or aircraft and assistance of grounded, lost or disabled vessels. The Sora crew responds to over 150 marine incidents per year, ranking them as one of the top three most active stations in Canada. Secondary duties under direction of the Regional Operations Center include supporting local, provincial and federal police forces in joint patrols in order to enforce the Canada Shipping Act, Boating Restriction Regulations, Fisheries Acts and Customs and Immigration Acts. Other duties include humanitarian acts or pollution surveillance. The crew also supports field staff from the regional Office of Boating Safety in carrying out safe boating seminars and special events when available. The Sora is staffed by two crews, of two seamen and a Coxswain, who work a seven-day rotation, from early April until mid December.

CCG officers patrolling the river

Patrolling the Detroit River in a 620 IRB.

CCG Ship docked

Sora painted in new red and white colour scheme.

Sailboat tilted on it's side after is was washed at shore

Sailboat that washed up on shore after a storm.