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Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron came to the aid of two jet skiers stranded in Weller’s Bay, Prince Edward County, Ont., Monday, Sept. 2, after their vessel became entangled in weeds.
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton was advised by Ontario Provincial Police that the pair were overdue and launched a CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 8 Wing Trenton to conduct a search.
Both jet skiers were quickly located by the air crew and were subsequently hoisted into the helicopter. They were flown to Trenton in good condition to be reunited with family.
“We spotted the jet skiers on the east side of Weller’s Bay thanks to the bright personal flotation devices that they were wearing. We lowered our two search and rescue (SAR) technicians who walked along the shoreline before wading and swimming to the jet ski. When the SAR techs met the pair they were cold but in good condition,” said Capt. Erin Pratt, CH-146 Griffon pilot, 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron.