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August 18, 2014
 
Atlantic Charters resumes operations in Grand Manan
 
MONCTON, NB Atlantic Charters is resuming its operations on Grand Manan Island, effective immediately.
 
The contracted air service for Grand Manan Island informed Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) Monday morning that it was ready to resume operations, for the benefit of the people of Grand Manan, despite the loss of its President and an aircraft in Saturday’s fatal crash.
 
“The people of Grand Manan have suffered a great loss,” said Paul Ward, Interim President at Ambulance New Brunswick. “We had been making alternative transportation arrangements for the Island in collaboration with the Department of Health, but I know Atlantic Charters was anxious to resume its operations. ANB supports their decision and remains at the ready to do anything and everything we can to assist Atlantic Charters, as well as our paramedics and the people of Grand Manan in general.”
 
Additional land ambulance crews have been brought in to provide extra support to the Island. And certainly ANB’s primary air ambulance, AirCare, which serves the entire province, continues to be at the ready to help the seriously ill and injured. 
 
 
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Media Contact:
Tracy Bell
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506-866-0049
Tracy.bell@smunbems.ca
 
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August 16, 2014

Update regarding air charter crash in Grand Manan

MONCTON, NB – Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) regrets to announce the passing of long-standing, devoted paramedic William Mallock who lost his life while on duty earlier this morning. Mr. Mallock, a paramedic with close to 20 years of service, was onboard an Atlantic Charters aircraft, the contracted air service for Grand Manan Island, which crashed in a wooded area near the airport in Grand Manan earlier today.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of those whose lives were lost – an Ambulance New Brunswick paramedic and a pilot from Atlantic Charters. William, or Billy as he was known by his friends, and the pilot lost their lives serving the public and helping patients. We also want to express our sympathies and the hope for a speedy and complete recovery to the two others that suffered injuries in the accident”, said ANB’s Interim President, Paul Ward.

Despite this sorrowful incident, ANB remains committed to the provision of ambulance services for all residents of the province of New Brunswick. ANB continues to provide air ambulance services with its dedicated air ambulance, with support from various mutual aid agreements. Furthermore, additional land ambulance crews have been assigned to provide extra support to the population of Grand Manan.

A video message from ANB Interim President Paul Ward regarding this morning’s incidents in Grand Manan can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e719EuUI_mA&list=UUeN7mK-7qO4jEdpjjyLp7Nw

Please watch the @AmbulanceNB twitter feed and website for updates.

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Media Contact:

Tracy Bell
Public Relations Specialist
506-866-0049
Tracy.bell@smunbems.ca


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August 16, 2014

Air Charter Crashes in Grand Manan

MONCTON, NB – Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) has confirmed that Atlantic Charters, the contracted air service for Grand Manan Island, crashed in a wooded area near the airport in Grand Manan shortly after 5:00 a.m. today. Two pilots, an ANB paramedic and a registered nurse with the Grand Manan Hospital were on board at the time of crash. One pilot and the registered nurse survived. The paramedic and the second pilot did not survive the crash.

Preliminary reports are that there were no injuries to anyone on the ground. There was not a patient on board at the time of the crash.

No names are being released pending notification of next of kin.

“We are devastated by this incident,” said Paul Ward, Interim President at Ambulance New Brunswick. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of our Ambulance New Brunswick paramedic and the pilot from Atlantic Charters who lost their lives.”

The flight crew was returning to Grand Manan Island following a patient transfer from Grand Manan Hospital to the Saint John Regional Hospital when the crash occurred. The mission was being conducted by Atlantic Charters, which has a contract with ANB to provide air service to the island of Grand Manan.  

“It’s too early at this time to state what exactly happened. The investigation will make those determinations. Certainly, ANB will co-operate fully with investigators in an effort to determine the circumstances surrounding this morning’s tragic event.” said Ward.

Despite this very sad incident, we want to reassure New Brunswickers that air ambulance services in New Brunswick will continue to be provided.

Please watch the @AmbulanceNB twitter feed and website for updates.

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Media Contact:

Tracy Bell
Public Relations Specialist
506-866-0049
Tracy.bell@smunbems.ca

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