Roping to the rescue
Repelling team conduct successful exercise in Bay Roberts
The Avalon North Wolverines’ repelling team put off an impressive display of life-saving skills at the Bay Roberts Marina on July 25. It was all part of activities linked to this year’s Klondyke Days in the town.
The mock rescue was staged before hundreds of onlookers, and took place on the Klondyke, which spans Bay Roberts Harbour.
The team arrived by helicopter, and repelled down to the “patient.” The p a t i ent was stabil ized, secured to a litter, and lifted to an awaiting ambulance. The exercise appeared to go off without a hitch, despite persistent winds.
“ We wanted to let the public know what we’re capable of,” said Perry Bowering, co-ordinator for the Wolverines. Bowering is also a member of the repelling team.
The Wolverines are based in Bay Roberts, but serve a wide region on the Avalon Peninsula. The team of about 60 volunteers is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association.
The team is alloted so much helicopter time for training, and Bowering said the timing was ideal to put off a display. The team spent two hours preparing for the exercise beforehand at nearby Coley’s Point. It was all done under the watchful eye of the association’s training officer, Jack Hickey.
Citizens look on as the Avalon North Wolverines’ repelling team prepares to evacuate a “patient” from the Klondyke in Bay Roberts.
Pilot Lorne Pike keeps his helicopter steady as the repelling team prepares the “patient” for evacuation.
Patricia George swings from the repelling line as a helicopter lifts her from the scene of a mock rescue in Bay Roberts. George is one of several female members of the Avalon North Wolverines’ repelling team.
Perry Bowering, a member of the repelling team, is lifted off with his “patient” during a successful rescue. In the litter is Marline Coffey, another member of the team.
With patient Marlene Coffey lying on the ground, other members of the Avalon North Wolverines’ repelling team prepare to evacuate their “victim.” Pictured are, from left, training officer Jack Hickey of the provincial search and rescue association, Perry Bowering, Darlene Jewer, Mattie Foley and Patricia George.