Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Joint Task Force (Atlantic)

Joint Task Force (Atlantic)

April 12, 2013 22:42 ET

Canadian Armed Forces Search and Rescue Team Saves Two People on Boat Stuck in Ice

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - April 12, 2013) - On Thursday, April 11 at approximately 10:10 p.m. (NST), Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax received a call for assistance involving two persons in a 22-foot open boat stuck in the ice while seal fishing near Harbour Round, NF.

The two individuals became trapped in the ice and were unable to make their way back to shore due to the ice conditions, high winds, and reduced visibility due to blowing snow. A nearby fishing vessel attempted to help but was unable to reach the boat. Due to deteriorating weather conditions, a CH-149 Cormorant Helicopter was dispatched from Gander to carry out the rescue.

"I am extremely proud of the highly-trained professionals from 103 Search and Rescue Squadron for rescuing the two individuals off the coast of Newfoundland," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "This successful rescue mission demonstrates the search and rescue capabilities of the Canadian Armed Forces."

The two persons were hoisted from the boat and transported to Springdale where they were met by the R.C.M.P. They did not require medical attention.

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