Saturday, October 4, 2008

Canadian frigate sails into Halifax after delivering aid to Haiti

HALIFAX - A Canadian navy frigate has sailed into Halifax after spending about two weeks delivering food aid to Haiti.

Dozens of waiting family members lined the dock as HMCS St. John's came alongside following the relief mission.

Brian Costello, commanding officer of the vessel, says the crew delivered more than 450 tonnes of rice, water, beans and other aid to the tiny hurricane-ravaged island.

Costello says a Sea King helicopter ferried the goods from the ship to remote communities along the country's southern coast that were cut off by floods.

Around 700 people were killed in just a few weeks when tropical storms and hurricanes tore through the Caribbean.

Capt. Jody Smith says the Sea King delivered more than 300 cargo loads supplied by the World Food Program.


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