Members of 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria, successfully conducted two search and rescue missions over the Labour Day long weekend.

The first search was a nighttime call to action, searching for a dinghy lost on the Salish Sea. A CC-115 Buffalo aircraft provided continuous illumination with parachute flares over the turbulent waters while a CH-149 Cormorant and multiple Canadian Coast Guard vessels, fighting strong winds, searched the waters. With the help of the flares, the dinghy was found by the Canadian Coast Guard and the boater transferred to waiting BC Emergency Health Services.

The second mission was assisting a medical evacuation from Bella Coola by a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter. The successful morning mission ended with the patient being transferred to BC EHS in Vancouver.

Captain Alexandra Hejduk

Public Affairs Officer, 19 Wing Comox