Friday, November 18, 2022

RCMP outline extraordinary efforts of many in recovery mission for deceased pilot

A response to a helicopter crash in a remote area near Kitsault is the
focus for an update to day from the Prince Rupert RCMP

The Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP is providing some details towards a November 9th joint organization mission towards the recovery of a deceased pilot in the Kitsault region.

In their notes from today, the RCMP outline the nature of the call for assistance and how the work towards recovery came together.

On November 9th the Prince Rupert RCMP received a report that a helicopter had crashed in Kitsault, BC. 

Due to the extreme terrain and potential dangerous conditions the RCMP reached out to Terrace Search and Rescue (Terrace SAR) as well as Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC). 

Despite the potential danger as well as the difficulty involved in organizing a joint operation recovery Dave Jephson of Terrace SAR said he was impressed with how it went. 

"The operation was very technical and dangerous, we had to modify the plan because of the risk encountered. I have never had an operation go more smoothly under such extreme conditions." 

Mr. Jephson attributed the smoothness of the operation to the RCMP trusting Terrace SAR and their expertise, as well as planning sessions being efficient. 

"We are appreciative to have such talented volunteers and resources available for these types of logistically challenging investigations," 

From the RCMP side of the mission Cpl. Stephen Senuita  noted of the value of the partnership with the members of the Terrace Search and Rescue unit. 

"We are grateful to have a good working relationship with our partner agencies such as Terrace Search and Rescue." 
As part of their statement today, the RCMP offered its condolences to the family of the man who died in this incident, and will not be releasing his name in respect to the family. 

As well, the RCMP once again extended its gratitude to Terrace SAR as well as EMBC and the BC Coroners for their assistance in the investigation as well as the recovery effort.

The full account of the announcement from today can be reviewed here.

More notes on the work of Emergency Responders across the Northwest can be explored here.

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