It is with a very heavy heart that we all learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Many of us have our own memories of a Queen who taught us all the meaning of duty.
Flags on our lifeboats will remain at half mast until colours the day after the funeral.
“May she rest in peace”
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee was honoured by the Delta Lifeboat. The vessel lay dressed overall in Ladner harbour. It must be remembered the Royals have long been strong supporters of lifeboat services in many parts of the commonwealth. CLI hosted the Duke of Kent (then president of the RNLI) in 2000 for the rededication of the Roberts Bank Lifeboat.
Both FRASER and DELTA Lifeboats conducted safety patrols over the long weekend from 20-23 May 2022. As this was the first long weekend of the boating season we expected it to be fairly busy.
Lots of commercial traffic was observed on 20 and 21 May, with kayakers and very few pleasure boaters out.
On 23 May the Delta Lifeboat responded to a PAN PAN call from a pleasure craft that ran out of fuel off buoy S6 in the Fraser River. It was determined a tow was required to the fuel dock in Steveston as commercial assistance was refused.
Overall, it was a fairly quiet long weekend and we were happy to render assistance where required.
The CLI participated in the National Day of Mourning on Apr 28 at the Fisherman’s Memorial, located in Garry Point Park. This memorial remembers those who used Steveston as their base and passed away pursuing their fishing careers.
Bob McIlwaine laid a wreath at the memorial on behalf of the CLI. Delta Lifeboat crews also laid a wreath on the Fraser River from the vessel while anchored south of the memorial. RCM-SAR was also present.
After receiving our yearly Transport Canada PCCC training in January 2022, the CLI participated in their first PCCC of the year; and for some crew members their first one ever. CLI crewmember D. Maxwell organized this yearly event for the Royal City Yacht Club which included a company that inspected (and sold for $700) fire extinguishers, expired flare collection, a swap meet, and a potluck.
The 14 vessels and their owners that participated were very well prepared as it was not the first time they were doing this. Most owners had all the required items ready for inspection. All vessels complied with the checks and received their annual decal.
Due to the variation of vessels and owners, the CLI crew members who did the inspections learned a lot. The CLI also received $720.00 in donations and we look forward to next year’s event.
If you require a safety check for your pleasure vessel, we do them free of charge. Please feel free to contact us to arrange one, or check our PCCC page of this site to see if we have any scheduled events you can attend.