Res­cued by 439 Squa­dron

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - NEWS -

On the night of Au­gust 2324, a Royal Ca­na­dian Air Force search and re­scue team res­cued se­ven ca­noeists in dis­tress on the Mis­tas­si­bi Ri­ver north of Lac- Saint - Jean af­ter their four ca­noes were cap­si­zed and they lost the ma­jo­ri­ty of their equip­ment. It was on Au­gust 23rd around 8: 50 pm that a crew of five sol­diers from 439 Squa­dron left Ba­got­ville Base for a flight las­ting two and a half hours to the site of the in­ci­dent lo­ca­ted 240 km away. The wea­ther was ve­ry bad; rain and strong winds li­ned with fog on the ground made vi­sua­li­zing ve­ry dif­fi­cult. Once lo­ca­ted, the 439th Grif­fon crew brought the un­for­tu­nate ad­ven­tu­rers to a near­by camp where they were able to conduct a me­di­cal as­sess­ment and give first aid. All were trea­ted for mi­nor in­ju­ries and hy­po­ther­mia. Po­lice of­fi­cers from the Sû­re­té du Qué­bec and an am­bu­lance were present at the camp on the mor­ning of Au­gust 24th to fa­ci­li­tate their re­turn home.

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