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Emergency beacon signal leads search team to Sechelt dump

While most of us were trying to avoid travelling in last Friday’s snow, one group was driving around Sechelt searching for the source of an emergency signal.

Fred Carey is a Deputy Director with PEP-Air; Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.  He says it all started when the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre got reports that an emergency beacon signal was coming from near the Sechelt Airport.

Bad weather meant the 442 Squadron from Comox couldn’t do anything more than narrow down a rough target area.

So, the CASARA volunteers had to use special equipment and start a ground search, beginning near the airport.  It then started to become more and more obvious they were being lead to the Sechelt Landfill

Carey says the old units they sometimes find in dumps start transmitting because the batteries weren’t taken out.  He says they’ll be following up to find the owner of the unit, which turns out to have been from a boat not an aircraft.

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Click here to see the YouTube video CASARA members shot while doing the search.

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