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442 Squadron rescues two people and a dog near Texada Island

Thanks to the efforts of 442 Squadron, two people and a dog are safe after their boat capsized in the Strait of Georgia.

According to a Facebook post from the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked 442 Squadron to respond to the capsized boat at around 3 p.m. on March 30.

An 87-year-old man was one of the two people on board, and was clinging to the side of the overturned boat, according to the post.

They say a Cormorant helicopter with an instructor pilot and student were already in the area and were able to get eyes on the people while a second helicopter with search and rescue technicians made its way over.

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They found the people had let go of their boat in exhaustion and had drifted in the cold water for 45 minutes until they wound up on a steep and rocky shoreline.

Using a rescue basket, 442 Squadron was able to hoist the two people and their dog off the rocky shore and started warming them up.

Once they got back to Comox, the people were taken to hospital via ambulance while the dog stayed with a military police member until they were released.


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