Cape Breton search-andrescue pioneer dies
SYDNEY — A Coxheath man whose experience of being lost in the highlands led to the establishment of organized ground searchand-rescue initiatives in the province has died. In 1969, Bill Antle Antle was lost in the woods in the Wreck Cove area for five days and four nights. The incident highlighted the need for ground search-andrescue programs and one month later Cape Breton Search and Rescue was established. Antle joined the operation shortly thereafter and spent the past 45 years involved with ground search and rescue. He was also heavily involved in Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver co-ordinator Sharon MacSween credits Antle as being the force behind the establishment of the organized search-and-rescue operations in use today. Antle, 81, was the longest serving volunteer with Nova Scotia’s Ground Search and Rescue.