Local scouts got a treat Tuesday April 23 when they got a visit from local Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue members. The local Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station is based at Horseshoe Bay and covers Howe Sound. It is crewed by volunteers and funded by donation, and works closely with the coastguard. The boat that visited Bowen is crewed by five people and has two jet propelled engines, making it extremely manoeuvrable (it can crab or pivot round from the centre) with a top speed 32 knots. The $750,000 vessel is designed to be able to roll right round in heavy seas and is equipped with radar and a FLIR heat sensor. RCM had a talk with scouts on safety at sea, demonstrated heaving a lifebelt and using walkie talkies. As you can imagine, the youth (and the adults) were very engaged and we are very grateful to the RCM crew for coming over in Tuesday night.