Visit to bar scuttles pension for search-rescue worker

Had car crash after making preparations for mission
|Canadian Employment Law Today

While harshly criticizing the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, the Federal Court has upheld the board’s denial of a pension to a search-and-rescue worker.

Danno Schut, a technician with the 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, was a “soldier’s soldier,” the court says. In fact, he was supposed to be on Christmas leave in 1979 when he heard about the wreck of a Panamanian ship, the Lee Wang Zin.

He volunteered to participate in the rescue mission, but before he could get to the shipwreck, his own personal disaster intervened.