Sgt. Janick Gilbert, 34, of Baie-Comeau, Que., died in October during a rescue mission in Nunavut. (Canadian Forces)
From the CBC:
Arctic rescuer had equipment problems before death
Quebec's Sgt. Janick Gilbert died after parachuting into rough, cold Nunavut waters
Posted: Dec 21, 2011
The investigator who reviewed the October death of a Quebec airman said it's too early to lay blame.
Sgt. Janick Gilbert, 34, of Baie-Comeau, died outside the hamlet of Igloolik in October during a harrowing rescue operation.
Gilbert was not able to deploy his one-man life-raft after parachuting into rough and cold Arctic waters in an attempt to rescue a father and son stranded in a boat.
According to a preliminary report released by the Canadian Forces Wednesday, Gilbert and two other technicians parachuted 600 metres into waves which were three metres high with winds blowing at 50 km/h.
The team managed to save the Inuit whale hunter and his son who were stranded but Gilbert died during the operation....
Much more about this amazing Fallen Hero here.