Woman rescued after kayak overturns

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An incident on the weekend is being referenced by the RCMP as an example of pulling community and rescue resources together to keep people safe.
Around 6 p.m. Saturday, the Glovertown RCMP detachment received a call of a young man and woman whose kayak overturned on the Terra Nova River near Glovertown.
The woman was reported to be stranded on the shoreline near a falls while the man had left to seek help. The location was reported as being between a set of falls and a salmon ladder.
The man was met by a cabin owner and brought to a command post the RCMP had set up at Spencer's Bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway.
The woman had a cellphone and provided family members and rescuers with her global positioning system (GPS) location.
After the RCMP notified Coast Guard Search and Rescue and the local ambulance service, a helicopter was dispatched from Gander Squadron 103.
The young woman was located and rescued without incident and was reported in excellent health due to the quick response. She was brought to Gander and met by family members.
RCMP Sgt. Boyd Merrill said the RCMP Emergency Centre co-ordinated the rescue response from its St. John's headquarters.
Merrill said all involved ensured the safe and speedy rescue and "they all deserve praise. Being prepared and keeping your senses about you, when in peril, helps those who are trying to help you."

Organizations: RCMP, Trans-Canada Highway, Coast Guard

Geographic location: Terra Nova River, Glovertown, Gander St. John's

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  • Rob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Awesome Story and Marvellous outcome!! This is the outcome when people head out expecting the Best but prepared for the Worst!
    Great job by all.

  • Jack
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Kayaking (of all things) in what I can only read into as a remote location requiring air-evac, is questionable. Cellphones sometimes work in 'remote areas', GPS has been standard issue for 2 decades now (but have a backup), some GMRS radios (or similar) should always be included, the list goes on... Just like pex tubing makes everyone a plumber these days, it seems a cellphone and GPS combo is licence for novices and adventure seekers to take that extra risk - not saying that these people were (1), not saying that these people were (2), not saying that these people were (3), but I don't know that. But there seems to be increasing number of people in that category in recent years if you follow the news. Coast Guard should increase their budget accordingly if they are to be planned safety nets for these great outdoorists.

  • Rob
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Awesome Story and Marvellous outcome!! This is the outcome when people head out expecting the Best but prepared for the Worst!
    Great job by all.

  • Jack
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Kayaking (of all things) in what I can only read into as a remote location requiring air-evac, is questionable. Cellphones sometimes work in 'remote areas', GPS has been standard issue for 2 decades now (but have a backup), some GMRS radios (or similar) should always be included, the list goes on... Just like pex tubing makes everyone a plumber these days, it seems a cellphone and GPS combo is licence for novices and adventure seekers to take that extra risk - not saying that these people were (1), not saying that these people were (2), not saying that these people were (3), but I don't know that. But there seems to be increasing number of people in that category in recent years if you follow the news. Coast Guard should increase their budget accordingly if they are to be planned safety nets for these great outdoorists.