Fisherman rescued by RCAF Cormorant helicopter crew west of Port Hardy

Global News

A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) crew was called out to rescue a commercial fisherman on Sunday night.

The fisherman was about 80 nautical miles west of Port Hardy when air controllers at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria received a call that he may be experiencing a possible medical condition, and needed to be evacuated to hospital.

The Cormorant crew from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron took off from their base at 19 Wing Comox and was on scene at just before 5 p.m.

“We talked to the ship and got the crew to clear a spot on the deck so that we could lower our Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) safely,” said Captain Pierre Faucher, aircraft commander. “Fishing vessels are always challenging to lower SAR Techs onto because of the masts, antennas and rigging on board.”

However, they were able to lower a member on to…

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