Grimsby Auxiliary

​Marine Rescue unit


 GAMRU members are volunteers that make up a Unit within the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA). The Unit provides 24-hour on call rescue service throughout the boating season (April to October).  Based at Forans Marina in Grimsby GAMRU's dedicated area is from Fifty Point Marina in Stoney Creek to Port Dalhousie, but can be sent anywhere in Lake Ontario if the need arises. In the last five years GAMRU has responded to almost 100 search incidents. 


GAMRU presently has two vessels: 


A rigid hulled inflatable Zodiac Hurricane 630 with twin Yamaha 90 horsepower outboard engines


A 34-foot steel hulled cutter powered by twin 317 horsepower diesel engines.


Grimsby is geographically well situated in the center of activity between Burlington and Niagara. Grimsby has a hospital and ambulance services within two kilometers of the harbour docks. Grimsby has access to the QEW highway within 0.5 kilometers for rapid transport of accident cases to larger trauma facilities. 


Grimsby has a trained CCGA crew and two Search and Rescue vessels which form the dedicated Search and Rescue Unit. 


GAMRU receives no funding from any level of government except for reimbursement of fuel costs during search and rescue operations or taskings.


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