Sea King Helicopter Surprise

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The return of the Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg after a six month tour of duty Friday provided all sorts of photo opportunities with the big ship sailing into port with all hands on deck, the waiting families, the tearful reunions etc but the big surprise was the flypast of a Sea King helicopter from the ship, dangling crew member Master Corporal David Tillotson. Tillotson  who was holding the ship’s flag and fellow chopper crewmen  are part of the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron.

The crew of local photographers covering the event nearly missed it as the ship had already moved past the point at the entrance to the harbour and was heading to the dock where families and friends waited to greet the crew. We were ready to head down to the dock when the helicopter came from behind with Tillotson hanging from the aircraft.

Sea King Helicopter  - Don Denton photo



Don Denton is a fine art documentary photographer who lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Denton is noted for his editorial and magazine photography, early images of Vancouver punk rock, Canadian writer portraits and images of the Pacific Northwest. He is currently working lens based artworks and creating a Canadian photographer history archive.

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