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Search and Rescue crew describes dramatic rescue of five fishermen

He was battered and sent flying by huge waves — and the first man to rappel down from a search and rescue helicopter northeast of St. John’s Sunday wondered how he was going to pull the mission off. Crew aboard the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron Cormorant helicopter managed to pull five sealers out of the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, battling high waves and winds. “I would get smashed by the wave, and then the cable would go taunt, and I’d come flying out of it, all while trying to get close to the man that was in the water,” said Sgt. Damien Robison, the first technician to go over the side of the helicopter, trying to hoist up the five sealers. continue reading the story here 11:09

Sister marks 50th anniversary of Blue Mist II tragedy with wreath ceremony

wreath-blue-mist-ii-anniversaryFor Georgina Moss of Gander, February 18th has always been a special day — it’s her birthday. But in 1966, the date became significant for a different reason. It was on that day that her two brothers, John and Max, died aboard the Blue Mist II along with 11 crew members. The fishing trawler was caught in a winter storm off Cape Anguille along the west coast. This year, to mark the 50th anniversary, Moss was finally able to commemorate her brothers. Her family contacted the local 103 Search and Rescue Squadron and asked if she could drop a wreath into the ocean near the site of the tragedy. An audio story of the tragedy is with the article. Read the rest here 09:06