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PARA Marine Search & Rescue

PARA Marine Search & Rescue maintains and operates a rescue vessel with the marine rescue call sign PARU. As founding member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, PARA Marine Search & Rescue is part of District 1 of the Central and Arctic region.

PARA Marine Search & Rescue is one of the oldest volunteer marine search and rescue units on Lake Ontario. The unit, originally known as the Pickering Emergency Rescue Unit (PERU) in 1967, it was renamed to the Pickering Ajax Rescue Unit in 1975. PARA was legally incorporated as, Pickering Auxiliary Rescue Association, in 1996 and in 2019 re-branded as PARA Marine Search & Rescue.

Our history is one of dedication to the boaters of Pickering and the greater Durham Region. Since 1967 PARA Marine Search & Rescue has undergone many changes but through this time has grown stronger, both in manpower and boat capability. We have had only 3 vessels over the years PARU being launched in 1997.

PARA Marine Search & Rescue in Action

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is responsible for manning the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) out of Trenton, Ontario. The CCG maintains assets in strategic locations on Lake Ontario and along with the local volunteer auxiliary units provide the marine assets. Additionally, the Royal Canadian Air Force provides air assets (fixed wing aircraft and helicopters) and SAR Technicians to support any SAR missions.

To support this mandate, PARU is tasked by the JRCC for various missions in the local area. The goal is to provide the most effective response in helping those in need in the water.