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One Canadian military member missing from HMCS Winnipeg

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December 15, 2020 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

One member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) went missing on Monday, December 14, 2020, while deployed in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg.

Missing is Master Sailor Duane Earle, a Boatswain, from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The details are still being determined, but it is believed he accidently fell overboard very early on December 14, while the ship was approximately 500 nautical miles west of San Francisco, California, en route back to Esquimalt after being deployed to the Asia-Pacific region on Operations PROJECTION and NEON.

MS Earle was not identified as missing until later in the day, at which point HMCS Winnipeg turned back along its route and commenced a search, along with its embarked CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. The search effort is being coordinated by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Alameda County, California and includes Royal Canadian Air Force and United States Coast Guard assets.

MS Earle’s next of kin have been notified and the CAF is providing his family with the support needed to help them through this difficult time.

The CAF will conduct an investigation into the circumstances of how the member went missing.

More details will be released in the near future.

“We are dedicating all available resources to search for Master Sailor Duane Earle in hopes of bringing him home. During these difficult times, I keep his family and friends in my thoughts. Each and every day, Canadian Armed Forces members across the country put service to Canada ahead of thoughts of their own safety. The entire Defence Team will be there for his family during these challenging times.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“It is with heavy hearts that we have learned of the devastating news that Master Sailor Duane Earle, a Boatswain with HMCS Winnipeg is missing. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, shipmates and the entire Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces.”

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff

“Today marks a tragic turn of events after a year that has taken a large toll on many of our Canadian Armed Forces members and families. I am profoundly saddened by this accident and I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones of our missing sailor and I hope we will be able to provide you with some solace during this extremely difficult time.”

Lieutenant General Christopher Coates, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

"Our thoughts are with the family, friends and loved ones of our missing shipmate, Master Sailor Duane Earl. With this happening so close to the end of this deployment and with the Holiday Season looming, it’s simply devastating and is felt across our extended naval family.”

Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

Prayers for a successful search.
Damn-it. I've been following the XO on Twitter and they had some heavy seas shortly after leaving Pearl. I know that the upper decks are out of bounds after a certain hour at night and we no longer have the life buoy sentry looking astern of the ship. But this is very tragic and thoughts are for the sailor and his family.
Very sad.  I truly hope the sailor is found. 

For those in peril on the sea.  :cdn: :salute:
I certainly hope he’s found. Hopefully alive. I like that saying Halifax Tar. So true.
Dammm it, sadly highly unlikely to be found. Heart out to family, friends and crewmates.
The search has been called off  :'(

Search called off for master sailor from Winnipeg believed to have fallen overboard
The Canadian Press

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:58AM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 16, 2020 8:00AM CST

OTTAWA -- The search has been called off for a master sailor from Winnipeg who was lost at sea off the coast of California this week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement of condolences Wednesday to the family and shipmates of Duane Earle.

Earle is believed to have accidentally fallen overboard the HMCS Winnipeg on Monday, as the ship was returning to B.C. from a deployment in the Asia-Pacific region.

Commodore Angus Topshee said Earle was last seen aboard early Monday morning and the crew noticed he was missing several hours later.

Trudeau expressed gratitude Wednesday for Earle's 30 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces.

He also thanked American searchers who joined the Canadian Armed Forces in the search for Earle.

terrible news. My heart goes out the family and the crew of WIN. What tragedy, this particular sailor was very well known within the NAVRES community on the left coast, and as a result many sailors- OR and Officers- have lost someone good from their lives.