The Rescue 915 crew of the Canadian Forces’ 103 Search and Rescue Squadron.
|Canadian Forces used an AgustaWestland AW101 during an Arctic rescue in October 2011.|
AgustaWestland has awarded the 2012 Cormorant Trophy to the Rescue 915 crew of the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Gander in Newfoundland. The Rescue 915 crew was recognized for their October 2011 rescue of two walrus hunters that were stranded on an ice flow in the Arctic Sea. While the AgustaWestland AW101 was en route to the hunters, the crew received word that two SAR Techs from the 424 Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario—which had parachuted from a CC-130 into the water to assist the hunters—had activated their personal locator beacons. Upon arriving, Rescue 915 was greeted with wind gusts of 55 mph and 32-foot-high waves that tossed large chunks of ice into the air. Using a hoist and rescue horse collar, both the hunters and 424 SAR Techs were rescued from life rafts. The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) recognized both SAR teams with the Guild Award for Gallantry.