Canadian Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard to Join Coast Guard and USAF For SAR Exercise on West Coast

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard Newscourtesy Royal Canadian Navy

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — Personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) will join members of the United States Coast Guard and United States Air Force in Prince Rupert, B.C. for a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) to be held from April 29 to May 1, 2013.

Residents of Prince Rupert and surrounding areas can expect to see increased military aircraft activity operating from the Prince Rupert airport during this period, as well as RCN, CCG and USCG vessels off shore.

The purpose of the training is to exercise the ability of rescue personnel in both Canada and the U.S. to work together in responding to a maritime emergency.

The SAREX will take place at sea in the vicinity of Dundas Island, approximately 30 nautical miles (55 kilometres) northwest of Prince Rupert. Members of the public nearby may see Canadian and American rescue personnel parachuting into the water from aircraft, as well as helicopter crews conducting hoist operations. Residents are advised that these activities are part of carefully controlled training scenarios, and unless otherwise stated, do not constitute a response to an actual emergency.

This exercise will be conducted under all applicable training and safety regulations to protect both the public and rescue personnel. Furthermore, we will diligently endeavour to prevent damage to marine or coastal flora and fauna during this exercise.

Readiness to respond to an actual emergency within the Victoria Search and Rescue Region will not be affected by this exercise.

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