Canadian Coast Guard’s wraps up season at Arctic Response Station in Rankin Inlet

Arctic Marine Response Station crew carrying out on-water search and rescue training near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Crews wrapped up operations on October 25, 2023. (Canadian Coast Guard)

The Canadian Coast Guard wrapped up its season at the Arctic Marine Response Station (AMRS) in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut on Wednesday.

Rankin Inlet is an Inuit community of approximately 2,800 people on the western coast of Hudson Bay.

It’s the second largest community in the territory of Nunavut and during the open water season in northern Canada, the coast guard maintains a continuous presence.

This year’s season opened on June 23.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s Arctic responsibilities include search and rescue, icebreaking, and support for things like scientific research, marine communications and traffic services, navigation, marine environmental response and the summer resupply of northern communities.

Nine search and rescue operations during boating season 

During this year’s operations, the coast guard in Rankin Inlet responded to nine search and rescue cases in areas around the community, in addition to the communities of Chesterfield Inlet and Whale Cove, the coast guard said in a news release.

The Arctic Marine Response Station superseded the Inshore Rescue Boat North station in 2018. 

In addition to search and rescues, the coast guard also conducted two training exercises during this year’s operations. In total, their vessels travelled over 1,245 nautical miles.

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Russia: Russia’s new Navy icebreaker steers clear of Arctic waters, The Independent Barents Observer

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