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Missing marine research glider could be drifting in water near Halifax

A two-metre long marine research glider is likely adrift at sea near Halifax, according to the Ocean Tracking Network.
A two-metre long marine research glider is likely adrift at sea near Halifax, according to the Ocean Tracking Network. Ocean Tracking Network

HALIFAX – A two-metre long marine research glider is likely adrift at sea near Eastern Passage, N.S., according to the Ocean Tracking Network.

The autonomous glider failed to report at a scheduled checkpoint off Devil’s Island on Friday morning, and efforts to recover it over the weekend were unsuccessful.

The glider, which resembles a tiny airplane, is programmed to remain at the surface if it is unable to communicate. Its operators are warning people to be vigilant in order to avoid damage to boats, marine gear and the glider itself.

The glider resembles a tiny airplane and is programmed to remain at the surface if it is unable to communicate.
The glider resembles a tiny airplane and is programmed to remain at the surface if it is unable to communicate. Ocean Tracking Network

Authorities have been notified that it could be drifting in the water and the operators are working to determine its path.

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The glider belongs to researchers at the University of British Columbia. It was returning from a two-week test mission when its communication systems failed.

People can report sightings to the Ocean Tracking Network by calling 902-229-3662.