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Rice calls on PM to investigate SAR response

Feb. 23, 2012, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L. - A Labrador woman has written a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling for an investigation into the search for a boy who went missing last month and died on sea ice.

February 23, 2012  By The Canadian Press

Elizabeth Rice says she wants to know more about how the Canadian military handled a call to help during the search for 14-year-old Burton Winters.

Rice calls the Defence Department's response "ineffective.''

She is also raising questions about the department's reasons for not immediately launching a helicopter search when the first of two calls for help were made.

Earlier this month, the Canadian military said nothing it could have done would have saved the boy's life.


A military investigation concluded no military chopper was available to fly from Happy Valley-Goose Bay when the first request came Jan. 30 to search for Winters, whose body was found two days later.


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