Canadian Armed Forces Mourn the Loss of Captain Sean Thomas in Swiss Avalanche Tragedy

  • TDS News
  • Canada
  • April 8, 2024

The Canadian Armed Forces are mourning the tragic news of Captain Sean Thomas’s presumed death in an avalanche while on leave in Switzerland. Captain Thomas, an Infantry Officer, was on leave from Operation IMPACT in the Middle East when the avalanche struck in Riffelberg, Switzerland, on April 1, 2024.

Deployed as part of the Canadian Training Assistance Team in Jordan, Captain Thomas played a vital role in enhancing the military capabilities of regional partners, contributing to stability and security in the Middle East. Joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 2018, he served with the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada, a Reserve unit under 31 Canadian Brigade Group.

The news of Captain Thomas’s presumed death has deeply affected his family, friends, colleagues, and the nation as a whole. The Government of Canada extends their sincere condolences to Captain Thomas’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. The family has requested privacy as they grieve, and it’s essential that their wishes are respected.

The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, expressed condolences, stating, “Canadians will remember the dedication and sacrifices made by him and his family as he proudly served our country.” General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff, also paid tribute, acknowledging Captain Thomas’s unwavering dedication and professionalism.

Vice-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command, shared his profound sadness, highlighting the tragic incident’s timing during what was meant to be a period of rest for Captain Thomas. Lieutenant-General Jocelyn Paul, Commander Canadian Army, echoed these sentiments, expressing heartfelt condolences to Captain Thomas’s family and loved ones.

The loss of Captain Sean Thomas is deeply felt within the Canadian Armed Forces community and beyond. His memory will be cherished, and his service will be remembered with gratitude. As the nation mourns his passing, efforts will continue to support Captain Thomas’s family and loved ones through this difficult period of grief.