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  • NEWS | 424 Squadron Canadian Armed Forces

    Griffon Rescues Stranded Canoeists

    RCAF CH-146 Griffon from Trenton 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron successfully evacuated two stranded canoeists on an island at Coveo Lake, Ontario


    Griffon Rescues Stranded Canoeists

    Helis, August 10, 2020 - ALGONQUIN PARK, ONTARIO - On early morning of August 9, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron (“Tiger”) completed a successful rescue of two people stranded on an island on Coveo Lake.

    At around 3:00 a.m. local time, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton received a call for assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) from Pembroke. Two persons, although in good condition, were stranded on an island after capsizing their canoe in the rapids.

    A CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron based out of 8 Wing Trenton was dispatched arriving scene at around 5:00 a.m.

    The Griffon couldn’t land in this area because of the unsuitable terrain due to rapids and rocks. The search-and-rescue technicians successfully hoisted both of them into the helicopter and transported them to Pembroke Airport.

    “We hoisted our search-and-rescue technicians 170 feet down to the island where they met the canoeists. Once we had them on the helicopter, we flew to a nearby airport and transferred them to local Ontario Provincial Police,” said Capt Marc Crivicich, CH-146 Griffon pilot, 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron.

    424 Transport and Rescue Squadron operate the CH-146 Griffon and the CC-130H Hercules with an air and maritime Search and Rescue important role. In 2019, the squadron participated in 223 SAR missions resulting in the rescue of 165 people and one dog.

    Distressed calls in the central region, which is located from east of Quebec City to the border between Alberta and British Columbia and north to the North Pole, are coordinated by JRCC Trenton

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