Underwater recovery team searches for unaccounted-for Americans
Specialized recovery team searches for World War II losses in Canada
LONGUE POINTE DE MINGAN, Quebec (July 24, 2012) – A specially trained underwater archaeological recovery team from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) arrived in Canada July 6 to search for Americans that remain unaccounted-for from World War II.
A 50-person recovery team comprised of specialists from JPAC, civilian mariners from the USNS Grapple (T-ARS 53), and divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two, will conduct underwater excavations searching for five Americans lost when their PBY-5A aircraft crashed in November 1942.
“This recovery effort is a solemn and significant undertaking,” said U.S. Consul General Peter O'Donohue. “For the United States, this is a sacred mission to honor those who served their country to the last.”
During the month-long excavation, team members will search about a kilometer off the coast in the Mingan Channel off Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec.