Don’t panic: it’s just a drill

Search-and-res­cue ex­er­cises tak­ing place in P.E.I. this week

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

Res­cue oper­a­tions that look like the real thing will be tak­ing place at two lo­ca­tions on P.E.I. this week.

A marine search-and-res­cue ex­er­cise will be held in the Malpeque Bay area to­day from 9 a.m. un­til 13 p.m.

Then three days later, on Fri­day, July 10 there will be a sim­i­lar ex­er­cise off Cardi­gan.

The sce­nario for Malpeque Bay is an air­plane that took off from Summerside air­port and lost con­tact mo­ments later and is re­ported miss­ing.

The sce­nario for the event off Cardi­gan is a short frag­ment of ra­dio con­tact say­ing four peo­ple are aban­don­ing ship and then noth­ing else. In both cases, depend­ing on weather, there may be flares, red lo­ca­tor smoke, he­li­copters, many other air­craft types and even para­chutes vis­i­ble to the public.

The event on Tues­day in the Malpeque Bay area will also in­clude a ground-based search.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing agen­cies in­clude the Cana­dian Coast Guard and its civil­ian aux­il­iary, 413 Trans­port and Res­cue Squadron, Parks Canada, Civil Air Search and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion and the RCMP.

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