Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Griffon does a nice piece of high arctic SAR

I won't go into the question of who should pay:

The 14-member air force crew had spent hours disassembling the Griffon helicopter. They had meticulously detached the main rotor blades, taken apart the transmission and dismantled the tail rotor - all so that the Griffon could be stuffed inside the belly of a Hercules for the long trip from Alert, Nunavut [ the station of the "Frozen Chosen", at "the most northern permanently inhabited settlement in the world"], back home to Goose Bay, Nfld [base for the choppers's 444 Squadron].

By 4 p.m. the job was nearly done. Their tools were wrapped and lashed to pallets. On March 22, after 10 long days of fixing equipment around the remote Canadian Forces outpost, they were more than ready for home.

And then came the call.

An English adventurer travelling solo had fallen through a crevasse on her way to the North Pole.

She needed a chopper...


Blogger winnipegman said...

All that hard work, done so well, destroyed in the blink of an eye. Part of life baby, suck it up. However, the continuing abuse of the Canadian taxpares largess should come to an end. These adventure'ers, should be required to post a bond or provide proof of insurence coverage before our brave SAR people pull their respective chestnuts from the fire. As much as I hate the intrusion on government into my daily life, this is one department I might throw my approval at. Might even save us money. LMBO

10:17 a.m., April 02, 2008  
Blogger Unknown said...

At least she offered to pay.

I thought so called Arctic adventurers were required to post a bond ahead of time to cover search and rescue efforts. There was a spate of such mishaps in the early 90's which were more like stunts. The issue of bonds was discussed at the time.

12:25 p.m., April 02, 2008  

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