Week 5

September 14, 2015

Helicopter grounded due to weather conditions

CCG Helicopter on the flight deck of CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Photo: Department of National Defence)

CCG Third Officer Austin Zin reviews the ship's course.

There was no indication today of any reduction in wind speed. In our area, we recorded continuous winds over 35 knots, while Gjoa Haven's airport recorded speeds between 50 and 70 knots. The sky was overcast, with fog and poor visibility in the early morning and light flurries appearing throughout the day.

We received a tasking from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre to check in on some hunters who were safe, but pinned down by the poor weather and broken equipment at Starvation Cove on the Adelaide Peninsula. The Captain liaised directly with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton to gather information and apprise them on the state of local conditions, and our pilot kept an eye on the aviation weather. Normally, we prepare to send out the helicopter as quickly as possible, but these inclement conditions are simply not safe for flying.

Laurier sounded continuously from the previous evening to about 7:00 pm tonight, at which time we raised the sonar pole and stationed near Eta Island at the western entrance to Simpson Strait before nightfall. With strong winds blowing incessantly, we'll all need to stay put a while longer. 

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