Don’t panic: it’s just a drill
Search-and-rescue exercises taking place in P.E.I. this week
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.