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Filed under: January 2008

Collateral Damage

Buried amongst the memorabilia I’ve collected through my life is a thank you letter I once received from the Master of the Universe. OK, technically speaking it was from the Master of the SS Universe, a massive oil tanker that traversed our west coast waters back in the early 90’s. On a very nasty night I had co-piloted a Labrador Search and Rescue helicopter with a team of six that flew 200 miles out into the Pacific to airlift a severely ill crewmember of the SS Universe to the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.

This was a dangerous rescue conducted in harsh weather and darkness, the sea heaving violently while we hoisted two SAR Techs and our patient off the deck of the tanker. It was Continue…


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