Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 12, 2009 17:24 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Ongoing Search and Rescue Operation on the East Coast

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on today's helicopter crash off the coast of Newfoundland:

"I join all Canadians in hoping for the best possible outcome in today's tragic helicopter crash. The Canadian Forces, the Canadian Coast Guard and their partners in this coordinated response will spare no effort in the continuing search and rescue operation. I spoke with Premier Danny Williams and assured him that everything possible is being done to search for survivors.

I would also like to offer my deepest sympathies and prayers to the family and loved ones of the individual who, tragically, did not survive today's crash."

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