HMCS Winnipeg returns to B.C. after master sailor lost at sea

The RCMP Veterans’ Association shares in the grief over the loss of Master Sailor Duane Earle and extends our sincerest condolences to Duane’s family, friends and shipmates.

ESQUIMALT, B.C. — Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan stood with hundreds of Canadian Forces members saluting in quiet formation, a flag at half-staff, honouring the memory of Master Sailor Duane Earle on Friday.

The HMCS Winnipeg returned to its home port at CFB Esquimalt after a search for Earle, who is believed to have fallen overboard off the coast of California, failed to find the 30-year navy veteran.

Sajjan offered his condolences to the family.

“Today, we welcomed home HMCS Winnipeg to CFB Esquimalt to honour the memory of Master Sailor Duane Earle, who we tragically lost at sea earlier this week. We are thinking about his family, friends & loved ones today, and we’ll be there to support them in their grief,” he wrote.

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