New CLI Patrol Boat In Service
Performs Rescue Just 2 Hours After Delivery
A new Tyne Class Search and Rescue vessel is now in operation on the Fraser River. It arrived from Britain by freighter and within 2 hours of being off-loaded, conducted its first rescue call. CLI Captain, John Horton, who knows the river and its waterways very well, said a small boat required assistance as it was anchored in the shallows of the river after having engine trouble. With the CLI’s vessel’s shallow draft, it was easily able to access the boat and tow it to Steveston Harbour. The new Search and Rescue craft, named Fraser Lifeboat, is powered by twin diesel engines and has self-righting capabilities. The boat will be used extensively on the river and beyond for patrol during fishery openings and search and rescue missions.