May 11, 2012, 6:09 AM
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Night jump over the Arctic
I was browsing Google results searching for regulations around parachute jumping and came across this article. There are some very wild people on this Earth...
MASTER CORPORAL KEITH PAUL MITCHELL, C.V., C.D. MASTER CORPORAL BRYAN KEITH PIERCE, C.V., C.D.
On November 12, 1996, Search and Rescue Technicians Mitchell and Pierce carried out an unprecedented night parachute jump into freezing Arctic waters to provide medical aid to a critically ill fisherman onboard a Danish trawler near Resolution Island, Northwest Territories. Tasked initially as back-up to another air rescue team, the Hercules aircraft with Master Corporals Mitchell and Pierce on board arrived first on the scene only to learn that the stricken seaman had taken a turn for the worse. There was no time to waste so they elected to attempt a risky parachute descent. With inadequate flare illumination and the promised Zodiac boat not yet launched from the Danish trawler, they jumped in extremely strong winds that carried them away from the vessel. As they entered the three-metre waves, MCpl Mitchell became entangled in the shroud lines under his partially collapsed chute canopy, while MCpl Pierce’s chute remained inflated and dragged him face down through the water farther away from the ship. Although equipped with dinghies, they could not paddle nor swim to the trawler because of heavy seas and severe icing. Struggling to stay afloat, they battled the onset of hypothermia for 15 minutes before the crew of an iceencrusted Zodiac picked them up and delivered them to the ship where they carried out medical procedures that saved the patient’s life.
May 11, 2012, 8:08 AM
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Re: [mitirino] Night jump over the Arctic
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Interesting; I hadn't heard of that case. They were only partially successful there because they couldn't get to their objective, but were of assistance when assisted by an arriving ship later.
It brings to mind the more recent Canadian SARTECH rescue attempt in the Arctic in 2011. In that case, one SARTECH jumper was able to get to the people they were trying to help - assisting until other help arrived hours later. Another jumper only was able to save himself and get in his raft but not to render assistance. And a third jumper was unable to save himself and died.