Ottawa announces new rescue life boat station to help with Maritime search and rescue incidents

Ottawa has announced that a new Canadian Coast Guard rescue lifeboat station will be built in Old Perlican, Newfoundland.

The eastern Newfoundland location was selected based on identified gaps in the coast guard's maritime search and rescue response capacity as well as an anticipated increase in vessel traffic in the area.

In selecting the fishing town, the government considered factors including water depth, icing conditions and wharf facilities that could support mission activities.

There are currently 41 search and rescue stations across Canada equipped to respond to Maritime search and rescue incidents.