Friday, September 15, 2017

Search and Rescue assets put in service off Haida Gwaii this week

442 Squadron out of Comox
responded to a medical
emergency off Haida Gwaii Thursday
A call for assistance yesterday from a fishing vessel off the coast of Haida Gwaii saw the Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre dispatch a pair of air assets out of Comox to the waters off Benjamin Point, located on the southeast coast of Gwaii Haanas.

The emergency medevac mission took place in the morning hours of Thursday, with a CH 149 Cormorant and CC 115 Buffalo tasked the mission, two SAR techs jumped into the water near a ling line fishing vessel and then attended to the patient aboard the fishing boat.

From there, the patient was lifted into the Cormorant for transport to Sandspit and from there to another hospital, as of yet undisclosed for further treatment.

The name of the vessel involved was not released and no further details related to the rescue have been provided by the JRCC to this point.

Search and Rescue members from Comox were dispatched to the
waters off the southeast coast of Haida Gwaii on Thursday

A Cormorant Rescue helicopter, similar to the one above made for
a two part contingent from Comox at Haida Gwaii Thursday., the aircraft

were part of a marine rescue and patient transport call
(Photo from Dept of National Defence)

The the 442 Squadron is a component of 19 Wing Comox Air Base the aircraft of that base provide coverage for a large portion of Canada's Pacific Northwest, you can learn more about their work here.

More notes related to emergency response incidents in the Northwest and Haida Gwaii can be found on our archive page here.

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