December 15, 2020 – Esquimalt, B.C. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
The active search for Master Sailor Duane Earle, deployed in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg, has concluded at 5:37 pm Pacific Standard Time (8:37 pm Eastern Standard Time). Sadly, he has not been found.
Master Sailor Earle’s next of kin have been notified and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are providing his family with the support needed to help them through this difficult time. His family is currently in their grieving process as a result of this tragic loss. Therefore, they are asking the media to respect their privacy during this very difficult time.
Now that the search has concluded, HMCS Winnipeg will continue their transit home to Esquimalt, B.C. Details of their arrival will be communicated in the near future.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we have concluded our active search for Master Sailor Earle. This decision was not taken lightly, however after extensive coverage of the search area we have not been able to locate him. I would also like to thank our allies who were involved in the search for Master Sailor Earle. They have been steadfast in their support to HMCS Winnipeg. Right now our focus remains on supporting his family, his friends…