"Sources said that MacKay was lifted on a hoist from the ground into the helicopter hovering overhead and then flown to CFB Gander."
On a hoist, you say? That would look like this bit of short but handy footage (except picture a background of a fishing lodge and his pals watching):
Peter MacKay: Defence Minister by day, action man in his spare time.
Come on, people. This is all perfectly normal.