Mock disaster ends with 3 serious injuries

An interesting story today from . Tough day for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Fumes from a malfunctioning lifeboat motor turned a mock disaster exercise into a real-life rescue mission off the western coast of Newfoundland on Thursday.Coast guard spokesperson Brian Stone said the training exercise, which involved a staged evacuation of a ferry, was interrupted when 25 people had to be rescued from a covered lifeboat after it filled with fumes.

“The ferry had been abandoned and volunteers and crew were on board the lifeboat and transiting towards the coast guard vessels and coast guard auxiliary vessels,” Stone told NTV News. “One of the lifeboats was reported to have started smoking in the cabin.”

Three people on board that lifeboat were transported by a Cormorant search and rescue helicopter to a Corner Brook hospital. Two of the three are in stable condition and the other is listed as serious but stable. Nineteen others were taken ashore by boat and transferred to hospital by land.

By late Thursday, only three of the 21 people were still receiving treatment for injuries considered quite serious.

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