Fogo, Change Island waters busy with coast guard training
It took 2 teams some 4 hours to find missing turr hunters in a mock scenario
The Canadian Coast Guard held a search and rescue training exercise in Notre Dame Bay Thursday between Fogo Island and Change Islands.
The scenario had teams searching for three missing turr hunters.
Neil Peet, a preparedness officer with the coast guard, said they hold similar scenarios in each of the province's five search and rescue areas each year.
"Training, training, training. You've got to prepare for the worst and hope for the best," Peet said.
"The safety of the mariner is first and foremost."
Peet said coast guard auxiliary members in other parts of Canada tend to be pleasure boaters, but that in Newfoundland and Labrador, auxiliary members tend to come from fishing backgrounds.
He said that means they are already highly trained in safety and lifesaving skills.
"The Canadian Coast Guard cannot be everywhere at all times," Peet said.
Thousand volunteers ready to respond
"That helps the coast guard do what we do."
It took the training teams four hours to locate the missing turr hunters in Notre Dame Bay.
Peet said the next training exercise is planned for the Bay of Islands area in July