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Marine Police & Coast Guard Training Exercise

Whitby, Ontario - Sept. 26, 2006

I was lucky enough to be able to join the Durham Regional Police's Marine Unit during one of their training exercises. At various points in the day, we had 3 of their boats out on Lake Ontario so they could practice safety & rescue drills. We were even joined by a Coast Guard helicopter carrying a pair of search and rescue technicians. It was great watching all these skilled guys in action.

The helicopter rescues were very dramatic and I even got into the action by donning a survival suit and swimming over into a life raft.

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Two of the boats we used during the exercises.

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The search & rescue helicopter pacing the police boat, getting ready to lower a man onto the deck by winch.

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After they hauled him back up, the police inflated a life raft. It was dumped into the water along with 2 officers dressed in cold water survival suits.

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The helicopter approaching the men in the water, getting ready to drop the search & rescue team near the life raft.

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In they go. They jump from the chopper into the water. It was especially tough since the downwash from the helicopter tipped the raft over.

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Hauling the team back out of the water.

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Up they go and back to the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton.

 

Many thanks go out to the great guys at the Marine Unit and the Coast Guard helicopter crew.