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SARNIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Mar 11, 2016) -
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The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) advises the public that their seasonally operated lifeboat stations located on the Great Lakes, Georgian Bay and St. Lawrence River in Ontario will reopen on the following dates:
April 1, 2016: Kingston, Cobourg, Port Weller, Port Dover, Amherstburg
April 8, 2016: Tobermory, Goderich, Meaford
April 15, 2016: Thunder Bay
During the winter months, maritime search and rescue operations are carried out by the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard using icebreakers and may call upon other available vessels in the area to assist if required. Aircraft from the Department of National Defence and the United States Coast Guard may also be involved in search and rescue operations, as necessary.
Despite the recent milder temperatures, waters remain very cold at this time of year and take much longer to warm up compared to the air. For more information on cold water immersion, please visit http://csbc.ca/en/safety-campaigns/stretching-the-season/cold-water
Emergencies on the water can be reported 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, toll-free (within Canada) at 1-800-267-7270, or via marine VHF radio - channel 16.
More information regarding the Canadian Coast Guard's Search and Rescue program is available at http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/SAR/home
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada