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Military defends actions in search for dead Labrador teen
Canadian Forces officials cite bad weather, presence of private helicopter
CBC News Posted: Feb 4, 2012 10:41 AM NT Last Updated: Feb 4, 2012 10:28 AM NT
Canadian military officials say poor weather prevented them from launching a search for a 14-year-old boy whose body would later be found off the coast of northern Labrador.
The body of Burton Winters was found Wednesday, a day after the Canadian Forces joined the search for the Makkovik teenager, who was reported missing on Sunday night.
Rear Admiral Dave Gardam said the weather was too poor on Monday morning, when a call for help was first received by the military, for any aircraft to be dispatched.
"Given the weather conditions, which were below limits for safe operations of an aircraft, our aircraft were not able to operate in that environment," Gardam told reporters in Halifax, as the Canadian Forces responded to questions about whether the military could have done more to have found the boy.
I would point out that, having served for many years as a crew commander, I am intimately familiar with the rules concerning the operation of CF aircraft in all kinds of weather. I have also conducted SAR operations in all sorts of conditions. While the mouth-breathers in the comments section of CBC's website are beyond convincing, I can assure everyone here that all CF aircrew are mission focused and if we can find anyway of legally and more importantly safely launching, we will. Clearly, in this case, there was no way of doing that.
Ultimately, mother nature always gets the final vote and no amount of technology will ever change that.