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Airman's funeral set for Saturday

A full military funeral will be held Saturday in Quebec for Sgt. Janick Gilbert, a search-and-rescue technician who died during a mission in Nunavut.

Search-and-rescue technician died during mission in Nunavut

A full military funeral will be held Saturday in Quebec for a search-and-rescue technician who died during a mission in Nunavut.

Sgt. Janick Gilbert died Oct. 27 while he and two other rescue technicians from 424 squadron were trying to rescue two men stranded in a boat in choppy water.

A military funeral for Sgt. Janick Gilbert, a search-and-rescue technician who died Oct. 27 during a mission near Igloolik, Nunavut, will be held Saturday at CFB Valcartier. (Canadian Forces)

They had jumped from a C-130 Hercules airplane to the men in the Hecla Strait, 25 kilometres east of Igloolik, but Gilbert died before a rescue helicopter arrived to pick them up.

Visitation for Gilbert will be held at a Quebec City funeral home on Friday afternoon and evening.    The funeral is set for CFB Valcartier on Saturday afternoon.

Born in Baie-Comeau, Que., Gilbert was based at CFB Trenton. Trenton base commander Col. Sean Friday and 424 squadron commanding officer Lt.-Col. Joel Roy and other military personnel from Trenton will attend the funeral.

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