Greenwood's rescue squadron ready if problems arise on lobster fishing opening days

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Cormorant helicopter

14 Wing Greenwood is getting ready for any emergencies at the start of the lobster fishery opening.

413 Transport and Rescue Squadron, based out of Greenwood, will have a Cormorant CH-149 helicopter in Summerside, PEI, to address any problems in lobster fishing areas 24, 26A and 26B.

This is a standard operating procedure for the Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian Coast for all high risk fisheries.

Search and Rescue activity will be highly dependent upon weather conditions on opening day and deployment areas may be altered depending on weather or operational risk. The combined effort by DND, CCG and DFO will provide excellent coverage for the opening of LFA 24,26A and 26B on April 30 and May 1.

Vessel operators are encouraged to wear life jackets, immersion suits or personal floatation devices (PFDs) to minimize the risk of drowning and to maximize the chance of being found if lost.

Although Commercial vessels are required to carry Emergency Positional Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), all sea-faring vessels are encouraged to carry EPIRBs as they greatly increase the chances of being located quickly in event of a distress situation.

Organizations: Canadian Armed Forces, DFO, Emergency Positional Indicating Radio Beacons

Geographic location: Summerside

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