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Coast guard auxiliary helps with search, recovery effort



Theresa Hawkesworth
Lighthouse staff

 COUNTY - Graham Bailly's 36-foot trawler yacht is among the boats searching for debris in the waters near the crash site of Swissair Flight 111.

 The Sunnybrook man, a member of the coast guard's auxiliary, and a three to five member crew, have been supporting recovery efforts since the plane crashed late September 2 off Peggy's Cove. The Canadian Marine Rescue Auxiliary (CMRA) was dispatched by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax shortly after the three-engine McDonnell Douglas MD-11 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 229 passengers and crew on board.

 "If something local happens or anything like that we're called on. Right now we're assisting the Coast Guard," said Mr. Bailly. "Most of the boats out there are navy and coast guard."

 Mr. Bailly, owner of Bailly's Fuels in Lunenburg, has been on the scene of the disaster nearly every day, with a rotating crew of friends and CMRA members. The electronic navigational equipment aboard his yacht, Scotia Belle, is ideal for searching for debris, which they have been collecting for the Canadian Coast Guard

 "As long as they need me I'll be there," he said. "We wanted to help."

 A member of the CMRA since it formed in Nova Scotia about 25 years ago, he has been involved with many search and rescue efforts. However, none has compared with the recovery efforts for Swissair Flight 111.


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