There’s reason for optimism as a volunteer organization works to get its “workhorse” rescue boat back in operation.
The Grimsby Auxiliary Marine Rescue Unit says the company that insures its 20 year old Zodiac Hurricane has approved extensive repairs to the hull.
Spokesman Doug Mepham adds that the next hurdle is whether insurers will also cover the cost of repairs to the engines.
The rescue boat was damaged in August while rescuing a vessel in Lake Ontario.
Members of the volunteer rescue unit have been called out 33 times so far this year, a 50% increase compared with 2015. That includes two calls during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Mepham attributes the spike to a range of factors, including “extraordinary” weather, more American travellers and the more “moderate” cost of fuel.