Labrador Morning | Jan 3, 2013 | 7:33
Changes to Search And Rescue after Burton Winters Tragedy
It will soon be a year since 14 year old Burton Winters of Makkovik died while trying to find his way home after his snowmobile broke down. For some, the anniversary will be a time to measure what progress has been made in improving search and rescue. Burton was reported missing on January 29th. DND didn't send a search and rescue helicopter until February 1st, the day his body was found. It appears that in the intervening days, Burton walked about 19 kilometres in poor weather and over rough sea ice, trying to reach home. Provincial and federal officials came in for a storm of criticism followed his death, and his family and others called for an inquiry. Randy Edmunds is the Liberal MHA for Torngat Mountains. He lives in Makkovik and was one of those who searched for Burton Winters. He joins us on the line.