Innu firm donating safety equipment after Burton Winter's death on ice
A Canadian military Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone conducts test flights with HMCS Montreal in Halifax harbour on Thursday, April 1, 2010. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)
Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:45AM EST
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. -- An Innu company is making a donation of safety equipment in the wake of the anniversary of the death of Burton Winters.
Winters died last year after searchers were unable to locate him on sea ice outside Makkovik in Labrador.
Albert Michelin is a co-owner of Big Land Aviation in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Michelin says the company will provide communities with four spotting devices to help locate individuals who are lost or in trouble while out in the wilderness.
He says the devices -- which operate like a GPS -- will be distributed to the Innu communities of Natuashish and Sheshatshiu and to the Inuit coastal communities of Postville and Makkovik.
Michelin says they will especially come in handy for people traveling during the fall freeze or spring break-up when conditions are particularly dangerous, or for people traveling with health conditions.