North Shore Rescue is suing a group that it says is waging an unauthorized fundraising campaign using the NSR name.
The lawsuit claims the Search and Rescue Society of BC has used an extensive and aggressive phone solicitation campaign citing support for both NSR and other B.C. search and rescue groups.
The suit claims that the defendant purports to be a SAR team and that provides assistance to other teams and law enforcement agencies, but that while the group is registered as a society in B.C., it is not a search and rescue team, nor is it a member of the B.C. Search and Rescue Association.
They’re now looking for an injunction representing itself as a SAR team.
They also want to see the unauthorized group’s books, seeking “an accounting of all funds raised by … misrepresenting the purpose of the donated funds.”
NSR Team Leader Mike Danks says the group has left a lot of questions unanswered.
“The purpose of this lawsuit is really to clear up this misinformation and to actually find out where these funds are going. We’re still at a loss as to what SAR BC does.”
Danks adds NSR has received two donations from the group amounting to $250 over the last month.
SAR BC has yet to respond to our request for comment.
None of these allegations has been proven in court.