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Busy first week for Kits Coast Guard crew

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DH Vancouver Staff May 05, 2016 7:23 am

The Kits Coast Guard base is off to a busy start after re-opening over the weekend.

Officer in charge Simon Jesshope says crews have responded to seven incidents so far, including a water rescue off Second Beach and a possible pollution response in False Creek.

“We had a few people in the water this week, overturned kayakers, vessels aground, vessels broken down, those are our bread and butter.”

He says right now there are three crew members who work eight hour shifts.

They are on standby for the other sixteen hours.

“There is not a set time as per say. We aim to be in the boat in six minutes max. They are mainly based on the island. So when they are here, they are on the vase 24/7.”

But come May 17th, he says there will be four rotating shifts of three crew members working 12 hours a day.

Jesshope adds another marine response vessel is on the way.

“Both of the interim vessels are more than capable for the Vancouver waterfront but we are working towards a vessel that is going to surpass anything we’ve ever had here before.”

Jesshope says those who frequent the waterway have taken notice.

“The response has been overwhelming. People have been waving, giving us the thumbs up on a few calls, we’ve had a few standing ovations, it’s pretty funny.”

The base was shut down by the former Conservative government as a cost-cutting measure in 2013.

The Liberal government re-opened it, committing $23-million over five years.

Originally published on CKNW.com.

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