Search and Rescue is the core mission of any small boat station, and Station Bayfield takes seriously its committment to safeguarding the lives and property of the maritime public on the Great Lakes. The Station maintains a duty crew ready to respond 24/7 to distressed boaters, medical emergencies in water-only accessable locations, and victims of thin ice during the winter months. Station Bayfield operates two standard small boats (see our assets section): one 25-foot Response Boat which is able to respond to emergencies at 46 knots and a 45-foot Response Boat Medium which is able to handle 12-foot seas and can tow disabled vessels up to 100 displacement tons.
Station Bayfield also enforces maritime laws and regulations by conducting boardings and safety inspections on recreational and commercial vessels. Furthermore, crews also conduct safety and security zone patrols to ensure that no vessels enter areas of potential hazard.