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Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit

A Volunteer Marine Rescue Unit based out of Brighton Ontario
Open 24 hours
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BARU and Tim Hortons: Valuable Community Partners
Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit (BARU) would like to thank Brighton Tim Hortons for their support during this difficult COVID year. Doug Robertson, Chris Riley, and all the staff at Brighton’s Tim Hortons have shown incredible ongoing community sp...

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Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit would like to thank everyone for helping to make the Brighton Food Bank drive a tremendous success. We have been informed that by the generosity you have shown the food bank shelves are now full and an additional $500 cash was donated to feed the needy,
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Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit and Brighton Food Bank

Oct 12, 2020 – Oct 18, 2020

Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit has partnered with the Brighton Food Bank and we are asking for your support. Food donations can be made to the Brighton Food Bank on Friday, October 16th at Sobey’s and on Saturday, October 17th at No Frills. Both locations will collect donations between 10 am an...

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Donate A Boat Program

Jun 1, 2020 – Oct 15, 2020

Do you have a boat sitting in your back yard that hasn't seen the water in years? Are you tired of doing the seasonal maintenance on a toy that stopped being fun some time ago, or do you just not have the room to store it anymore, or are you just plain tired of looking at it?
Donate your b...

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Disabled Pontoon Boat in St. Lawrence

Jun 20, 2020 – Sep 30, 2020

Our crew were on the St. Lawrence River SW of Rockport Ontario receiving instruction on our new crew vessel. As we were returning to the dealer's location we were flagged down by 3 people on a pontoon boat in the middle of the river. we came alongside and rafted with the vessel. Their motor ha...

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New Rescue Vessel is Operational!

Aug 24, 2020 – Sep 30, 2020

Your Brighton Auxiliary Marine Rescue has been busy this year, fundraising towards the purchase of a new rescue vessel as well as recruiting new volunteers. The vessel was brought back from repairs at Crates Marine after getting a water pump replaced and finding an elusive gremlin that was affe...

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Volunteers Saving Lives on the Water

We are a marine rescue unit that services the municipalities of Brighton, Quinte West, Prince Edward County, and Cramahe. Our area of responsibility covers 1500 sq kms of the eastern end of Lake Ontario, from Colborne to Hucks Point and out to the US border, including Weller's Bay, Presqu'ile Bay and Brighton Bay.  We are a federally registered charity and a not for profit corporation in Ontario. Our rescue missions originate from the nationally run Joint Rescue Coordination Center, as we are a designated Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary unit. We do not however, receive financial support from Federal, or Provincial Governments for the purchase and maintenance of our rescue vessel and associated equipment.  As well, our volunteers do not receive financial compensation for their participation.  Our motto is:

                                              Powered by Volunteers and Fueled by Donations.

Donations can be made at our Go Fund Me page at the following link: 


We are always looking for eager volunteers to join our unit.  No experience is needed, beyond a Pleasure Craft Operators Card, which is a Ministry of Transportation Requirement to operate vessels on Canadian waters.  We hold weekly training sessions during the operating season to teach you everything you need to know to assist in a rescue.  Persons must be reasonably fit, not prone to sea sickness, and be willing to volunteer their time both on and off the boat.  If interested contact us through the "Get Quote" button above or visit us on facebook:


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  • (613) 743-9433
  • (613) 847-5344


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11 Oliphant St
Box 38
Brighton, ON K0K 1H0

Business Hours

Mon:Open 24 hours
Tue:Open 24 hours
Wed:Open 24 hours
Thu:Open 24 hours
Fri:Open 24 hours
Sat:Open 24 hours
Sun:Open 24 hours
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