In the early days, aside from the Port Captain, there were no facilities in Kino to assist fishermen and no means of communication between boats or with families ashore except for citizen-band radios with limited, line-of-sight transmission. It was easy to get into trouble. Visitors and local residents acquired valuable experience and willingly provided rescue work, but an organization to provide more effective rescue services was needed.
In early October of 1977, 23 people met to discuss the growing needs of Kino Bay. They organized a club dedicated to helping sportsmen and fostering boating safety and elected the first officers. On October 26, they met again to discuss chartering the new Club under Mexican laws. Each contributed 500 pesos (US$22.50) to establish a working fund. They drew up by-laws, named a chairman of the rescue program (soon to become “Rescue One”), and met with lawyers in Hermosillo to get the Club chartered.
Rescue One is the number one activity of our club and is the reason the club was established. Rescue One is a 24/7, 365 days-per-year service that provides a safety net for boaters using the Sea of Cortez and crossing the Sonoran Desert. It is also the communications hub for emergencies in our community. This service is open to all, not just our members. It is the only service of its kind in Mexico.