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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-06-2016, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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I am the lead investigator in the missing person case of Jonathan Jette and Rachael Bagnall who went missing while hiking/scrambling in the Saxifrage and Cassiope area north of Pemberton and Mount Currie in September of 2010. Their vehicle was located on the Spetch Creek FSR however despite an extensive search, no sign of the couple was located. I would ask anyone hiking or climbing in the area to keep an eye out for any sign of the couple. If you see anything that might be of interest, (none of their gear was ever recovered), please contact the Pemberton RCMP at (604) 894-6126 or by email at [email protected]. You can also go to www.canadasmissing.ca for further info and photos.


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I am the lead investigator in the missing person case of Jonathan Jette and Rachael Bagnall who went missing while hiking/scrambling in the Saxifrage and Cassiope area north of Pemberton and Mount Currie in September of 2010.

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Sgt LeClair, do you have any info on the accessibility and status of the Spetch FSR up to the Valentine Lk trailhead? Looking for info on washouts, snow levels any other impediments. Our hiking group is considering a trip up there ASAP, pending access and snow levels. We'd most certainly keep an eye open for anything related to this missing hikers situation.

Very good that you're still on this case and pursuing it every year.

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I have been building and flying long distance and mountain designated UAV's . In most cases its viewed negative by the media and general public, but its cases like this, where these very capable machines have a real possible "job" that they can serve. I am sure that they will be implemented very soon for these type of searches, rescues and recoveries. I do have plans to fly/film and photograph this area, especially areas not easily reachable. Aircraft for endurance and multiple passes, but the GPS guided quadcopters are excellent for getting close with superb imaging after verifying a point of interest. I would volunteer airtime, if considered to be helpful at all.
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but its cases like this, where these very capable machines have a real possible "job" that they can serve.
I was hiking in the Big Bear Lake area of California about a month ago and ran into some SAR techs experimenting with this type of device. Very effective tool for expanding the range of search in real time. The detail/resolution of the imagery and the navigational precision were very impressive.
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I have been building and flying long distance and mountain designated UAV's . In most cases its viewed negative by the media and general public, but its cases like this, where these very capable machines have a real possible "job" that they can serve. I am sure that they will be implemented very soon for these type of searches, rescues and recoveries. I do have plans to fly/film and photograph this area, especially areas not easily reachable. Aircraft for endurance and multiple passes, but the GPS guided quadcopters are excellent for getting close with superb imaging after verifying a point of interest. I would volunteer airtime, if considered to be helpful at all.
@Aqua Terra I'm not sure what your level of expertise in this field is but I'll state this anyway. Flying a UAV for any purpose other than recreation requires an SFOC (unless you qualify for the exception below). We've discussed this with Transport Canada and they have been unequivocal on this point. Flying as a volunteer for the RCMP or SAR doesn't absolve you of this requirement.

The second point is flying beyond line of sight is not allowed except for very rare circumstances - I only know of a single permit that's allowed this for UAVs in the 2 to 25kg class.

On the flip side as long as you have insurance and follow the 50 or so other conditions, you should be eligible for the exception as outlined on the Transport Canada web site to operate non recreationally.
http://www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/re...cs/en/2879.htm

We've been working on the process to get UAVs approved for SAR for the past four years and we're very close to a final approval. I've been told in no uncertain terms that it would be very easy for this approval to become politically impossible - it would take just one incident.

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I am completely aware of all the regulations/ laws, laws in question, insurance and grey areas. Experience level? likely well above most in the field.1000s of hours and 3 decades in aviation. The type of custom specialized equipment used and missions achieved, will likely never be reported by me, and cannot offer any further assistance from here.

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So I sent an email to the link you provided almostt 2 weeks ago and have heard nothing back? I suppose a fully loaded overnight pack that I found off the Duffey last year that had been there for awhile in a fairly remote area wasn't a worthwhile tip or worth looking into?
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So I sent an email to the link you provided almostt 2 weeks ago and have heard nothing back? I suppose a fully loaded overnight pack that I found off the Duffey last year that had been there for awhile in a fairly remote area wasn't a worthwhile tip or worth looking into?
I think you should phone the number provided.

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I see that SSgt LeClair is retiring soon, I hope that this investigation will continue in his absence....


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Hi there,

That is definitely worth looking into. I sent you a message with my details and you can always reach me at [email protected] I am looking forward to hearing from you soon so that we can examine the pack that you found. I am sorry that your message got missed in the first instance.

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