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Audio recordings obtained by CBC News are raising new questions about the role of the Newfoundland government in the search for Burton Winters.

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At about 8 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 31, Cpl. Kimball Vardy RCMP Makkovik Detachment calls Capt. Kristin MacDonald of JRCC Halifax to learn the status of the Canadian Forces Griffon helicopter. The aircraft is en route from CFB Goose Bay. This more than 48 hours after Burton Winters was reported missing.

During the conversation, Cpl. Vardy reveals NL Fire and Emergency services was contacted by the RCMP the first night Burton Winters was reported missing (Sunday January 29th), and were told to call back the next day for air support. This contradicts earlier reports that Fire and Emergency Services was initially contacted Monday. The first voice is that of Capt. MacDonald.

(The tape is unedited by CBC. Some details are censored by DND)

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At about 8:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, Capt. Kristin MacDonald of JRCC Halifax calls NL Fire and Emergency and urges them to have aircraft ready to search first light Wednesday. He also suggests FES uses "air spotters" who are military-trained civilians. They're known as CASARA (Civilian Air Search and Rescue Association). The FES person on the phone appears to have never heard of the group.

(Only Capt. MacDonald's voice is heard. FES is censored by DND. Some of the long silences have been edited out by CBC)

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At about 10 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 31, Capt. Kristin MacDonald of JRCC Halifax calls Cpl. Kimball Vardy RCMP Makkovik Detachment. Capt. MacDonald uses a unique program to assess Burton's chances of survival. This is more than 48 hours after he's reported missing.

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Unedited tape of JRCC communications on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 31. Long gaps of silence are portions edited by DND. All times GMT.

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Listen to Capt. Kristin MacDonald give a phone briefing to the search and rescue crew in Goose Bay Tuesday night, as they prepare to head out aboard their Griffon helicopter and search for Burton Winters. (Silent gaps are sections censored by DND)

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Thursday, Feb. 2. The morning after Burton Winters's body is discovered, Maj. Ali Laaouan, (Officer in Charge) JRCC Halifax, discusses implications of impending closure of the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in St John's.

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