Point Race to be gone by July

The Point Race will be replaced by the end of June.

The Point Race will be replaced by the end of June.

That’s the word from Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate, regarding the controversial decision to replace the 70-foot cutter stationed in Campbell River.

The Point Race will be replaced by a new 47-foot lifeboat, nearing completion at dockyards in Victoria. Coast Guard brass, along with MP John Duncan, the Conservative member for North Island, said the 30-year-old Point Race had to be replaced due to age.

However, critics of the replacement say the new vessels are not equipped to provide the same level of service as the Point Race. As well, the larger cutter has undergone several refits and is still in tip-top shape.