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13th Dec 2010, 07:39
Newsroom - Press Releases (http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga07-home/newsandpublications/press-releases.htm?id=D941136A950B1E07&m=12&y=2010) :D
At 18.44 pm yesterday evening, Stornoway Coastguard rescue helicopter R100 was scrambled by Stornoway Coastguard after they had received a request for assistance from the NHS.
The helicopter was sent to evacuate a fifty seven year old lady who was being seen by a doctor, who requested that she be evacuated to hospital urgently as she was experiencing breathing difficulties.
The Kinlochbervie Coastguard rescue team were called out to set up a landing site for the helicopter. The helicopter took the lady onboard and took her to Raigmore Hospital Inverness.
Ed Thompson, Watch Manager, Stornoway Coastguard said:
This is the 200th mission for this helicopter in 2010. This is the first time in the history of the Stornoway unit that it has achieved this number of callouts in any one year.
We wish the lady well in her treatment and hope she makes a speedy recovery.
Posted By: Fred Caygill
13th Dec 2010, 08:58
That's nothing! Lossie achieved their 200th airtest of 2010 back in August. Yah boo sucks, S-92 wallahs.
Rescue, you say? Definitely rescue, not airtest? Oh. I see. Erm...
Very well done to the guys and girls at Stornoway on a busy year:D
13th Dec 2010, 09:41
Lucky they didn't have to reverse towards a cliff, with a 50 kt onshore wind, or they'd still be stuck at 199 missions.......:ok:
13th Dec 2010, 09:49
Sarcy remarks aside.....Well Done to Stornoway....and I'm sure the relatively large number of missions has helped them get to grips with the "new" cab much better than if it had been quieter.
This also shows how things can become more balanced across the country once all the bases have the same capability.....old arguments and ownership perspectives aside....this will be one of the most important operational benefits of the SAR-H programme.
When the SK was introduced all those years ago. it didn't take long before the average call out rate doubled from the standard applicable in the 1970s...and by now has reached about 3 times what it was in the "good old" daylight only days. It will be interesting to see if a common and capable S92 fleet ends up doing much more in the future....if so that will rather mess up the PFI contract planning figures!
13th Dec 2010, 10:57
TS, I agree, and well done to John and 'Tricky' and the team....
13th Dec 2010, 12:33
Well done guys :)
13th Dec 2010, 15:10
Woohoo! Jobtastic ;)
13th Dec 2010, 18:18
Well done boys and girls
13th Dec 2010, 18:43
:ok:WELL DONE. great achievment, keep up the good work, stay safe and all the best to all at Stornoway.:D
Congratulations & thank you. Well done to all for outstanding efforts.
14th Dec 2010, 17:00
Good effort all round:ok:
Just another 120 jobs this year and they'll catch up with a SAR flt that is destined to be drawn down to 12-hour ops come the revolution:sad:
14th Dec 2010, 17:24
Now there's a fly trap set to draw a few passing bugs, Crab! Or is that the scramble bell I hear at Culdrose..or is it Valley instead?:*:hmm::)
14th Dec 2010, 18:34
You have to hand it to crab. He could not just say something nice... lol
14th Dec 2010, 22:10
They are quite busy now there's a touch of frost in the air over the hills....
14th Dec 2010, 23:24
At least you are bitter and twisted!!
15th Dec 2010, 05:11
At least you are bitter and twisted!! not true but I don't remember any press releases for any mil SAR flights getting to 200 jobs - maybe that's where we went wrong, if we had spent money telling people how busy we are we might not have been privatised:sad:
15th Dec 2010, 08:27
10 seconds on Google and from the press....
THE RAF Search and Rescue (SAR) team is on course for its busiest ever year saving stranded climbers, lost walkers and injured surfers in North Devon and Wales (http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/topics/place/wales).
A-Flight 22 Squadron, which is based at RMB Chivenor, has revealed there have been 210 rescue mission as of Tuesday in 2010.
Recent missions have included helping a 43-year-old man who suffering head injuries after falling from a cliff in Combe Martin on Saturday.
The 210th job this week involved three divers who were transported to Derriford Hospital (http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/topics/company/derrifordhospital) after suffering bends when diving off Skomer Island near Wales.
15th Dec 2010, 08:43
But that is not a press release from either the MoD or the SARF - just an article by a journo:ugh:
I'm not suggesting that the boys and girls at Stornoway are doing anything other than a sterling job - maybe the MCA press office just wanted some good news out before the cuts in MCA manning and centres are announced.
15th Dec 2010, 09:02
Crab to be fair I think you might find that the MCA were a bit shocked over how many jobs have been carried out so far. It's an increase of over 10% from last year so far.... Oh and last year was a record year as well....
15th Dec 2010, 09:30
if we had spent money telling people how busy we are we might not have been privatised
From the MOD website: -
Royal Navy and RAF Search and Rescue crews have had a busy start to 2010 with their Sea King helicopter crews responding to various call-outs due to the severe weather conditions across the country.
The RAF Search and Rescue (SAR) Force Chief of Staff, Wing Commander Pete Lloyd, said:
"This has been a demanding period with the winter weather affecting all parts of the UK at the same time."We have completed almost double the number of SAR operations compared with the same time last year ........."
So Crab, you do tell people how busy you are after all!! You are a plonker!! :ugh::ugh:
Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Busy week for RAF and Navy Search and Rescue teams (http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/BusyWeekForRafAndNavySearchAndRescueTeams.htm)
The Missing Piece
15th Dec 2010, 09:38
Despite Crabs mean-spirited remarks and attempt to rubbish an excellent achievement - :mad::mad::mad:
Well done to all the guys in Stornoway. It's my old patch and it's also the largest SAR patch in the UK, with the longest coast line, so 200 jobs means a lot of flying!
Best wishes to all at Stornoway!