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Sep 8, 2020

ComPol outlines rescue efforts for PC Ical

Chester Williams

And so there you heard it – the man who helped to steer P.C. Bernard Ical to safety at the observation post is none other than his commissioner who was aboard the helicopter on Monday. But even before that air search – the commissioner of Police says that he gave his word to Ical’s family that the Ministry of National Security would do everything in its power to find him. They deployed a large team on the ground – made up of both police and B.D.F. officers. In this story, ComPol Williams gives the police side of things as they unfolded over the past couple days:


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“On Wednesday of last week PC Ical arrived at the Machaquilha Camp having walked quite a distance and upon arrival there they were told that they need to evacuate due to the storm that was imminent. So, they right away started to pack to the OP to head back to San Jose Haiwaii which would be another minimum fourteen hours walking. We launched a number of search and rescue operations out of Punta Gorda Town and primarily from the area of San Jose Hawaii which would be the start off point when officers are deployed to Machaquilha.  You will know that the distance of Machaquilha to San Jose Hawaii is up to a minimum of fourteen hours walking and could go up to three days of walking depending on the speed and the amount of rest one would take along the way. Our search continued from the day he went missing and we ramped up the search party over the weekend. I personally went to Punta Gorda Town and assist with the coordination of the search.”

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