A church in Nova Scotia is mourning the loss of one of their own after a Canadian military helicopter crashed off the coast of Greece.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the crash on Thursday at his daily briefing. Trudeau says that one body has been recovered and there are still five others missing. Trudeau called the members heroes, saying, "On behalf of all Canadians, I want to offer my deepest support to their families, their friends, their shipmates, and their fellow CAF members."
The helicopter was assigned to the Canadian naval frigate HMCS Fredericton, which was participating in a NATO training exercise.
The first victim was identified on Thursday by her parents as Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough.
Crowbrough's church, Regal Heights Baptist Church in Dartmouth N.S. posted a tribute to the sailor.
"Our church family has lost a wonderful woman," the Facebook post says. "We are heartbroken to share that Abbigail Cowbrough, who was on board the HMCS Frederiction passed away during a helicopter flight training exercise accident."
The church shared two pictures of Cowbrough. One shows her playing the bagpipes at the church's Remembrance Day service. "(She) played beautifully for our Remembrance Day Service," the photo's caption says.
The other picture shows Cowbrough on the deck of the frigate showing her home church how she was spending her quarantine.
The church says they are praying for her family, friends, and others affected by the crash.
"We will surround her family as we walk with them through this and we will keep you posted on ways you can help. There will be much more to follow."
The church says they were originally planning on using the photos on Thursday in a slideshow showcasing church members in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.