West Coast Search & Rescue

  • 14 August 2012
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The Canadian Cormorants have the highest utilization record of all AW101 operators, and the highest flying time AW101 is the Cormorant 901.
"The hiker was experienced and well-equipped for his trek, but a winter storm had slowed him down on his way home and he lost his track. As the sun set, he called 911 from his cell phone, activated his emergency beacon and dug a snow hole for shelter and warmth...."
"“We were told the hiker had a headlamp,” said Leroux. “On our night vision goggles we could see the white spot of his lamp through the clouds. We had to come up with a plan to get to him, so we shot the approach down to mid-mountain at the edge of the clouds, and started creeping up, from tree to tree, if you will, on the hill. All we could see was the rock face...”
Men on a mission: a CH-149 Cormorant crew gets ready to deploy on a training exercise in the mountains surrounding Comox, B.C.

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