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Helicopter clips antenna of Coast Guard ship

The Coast Guard describes CCGS Sir William Alexander as "a high-endurance multi-purpose vessel."

SHAW ISLAND, N.S. – A Griffon military helicopter clipped the antenna of a coast guard ship during an exercise off Nova Scotia, forcing it to make a precautionary landing on the front lawn of a summer home.

Maj. Martell Thompson of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax says the chopper’s main rotor struck a wire on the Sir William Alexander on Monday night.

Thompson says the helicopter landed on Shaw Island, about 70 kilometres southwest of Halifax, at around 10:30 p.m.

Blair Hodgman, a resident of the island, says the helicopter landed on the front lawn of a summer residence belonging to Scotiabank president Brian Porter, who wasn’t home at the time.

Hodgman says fire trucks, the RCMP and paramedics arrived shortly after and cut a lock to enter the property and check the aircraft.

She says the pilot went to a neighbour’s house and asked to use the telephone to call his supervisor because he didn’t have a cellphone with him.

Thompson says the military will investigate what caused the helicopter to clip the ship’s antenna.

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