Rop­ing to the res­cue

Re­pelling team con­duct suc­cess­ful ex­er­cise in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - POINT OF VIEW -

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.

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