STATEMENT FROM GAINEY FAMILY
MONTRÉAL - Following the announcement that the search and rescue operation for Laura Gainey, underway since late Friday night, has been called off, Mr. Bob Gainey, General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, and his children Anna, Stephen and Colleen, issued the following statement :
"We wish to sincerely thank all the people who have been involved in the search for our darling Laura.
"Their extensive efforts and their tremendous support throughout this ordeal will never be forgotten. We would particularly like to thank the United States Coast Guard and the Canadian Forces' Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Halifax for their extraordinary efforts. We are also very grateful to the entire crew of the Picton Castle and the merchant ships that graciously volunteered their time and resources.
"Our family would like to express our deep appreciation for the overwhelming support and prayers from our family, friends and the general public.