I think the Government
is to be congratulated on taking this progressive movement and in recognizing the splendid work done by our air men at the front. In a country like British Columbia this service can be very usefully developed in connection with the handling of forest fires, and also in exploration work. But I
hope one of the first things to be taken up by this Board will be to thoroughly investigate the possibilities of using the service for rescuing shipwrecked people. We have had many serious wrecks on the Pacific coast, some of them almost within a stone's throw of shore, such as the Princess Sophia recently, and the Valencia wreck on the coast of Vancouver Island a few years ago. The latter boat was within a few hundred yards of the shore, but owing to the shallow water and the steep cliffs it was an utter impossibility to rescue the passengers, and they dropped off the rigging one by one and only a few were saved. In such cases an aeroplane could render valuable help by carrying a cable to the ship by imeans of which those on board might be brought safely to shore. 1 trust this will be one of the first things investigated by the Air Board.
Section agreed to.
On section 4-powers of Air Board to make regulations with approval of Governor in Council.
Topic: MAY 5, 1919 S057