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Busy start to 2010 for Culdrose SAR

14th January 2010 - 09:25 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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During the recent cold snap 771 Search and Rescue Squadron was kept busy responding to calls for help throughout Cornwall.

The squadron's helicopters became flying ambulances with extra paramedic support and in addition to the normal SAR cover other aircraft from 771 were on standby to assist the police or other civilian authorities where required.

In the first 12 days of 2010 the Culdrose helicopters answered 15 emergency calls, mostly in appalling weather and operating in the areas where land ambulances were unable to access.

The calls included transferring a heavily pregnant woman from the Isles of Scilly to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske, winching cliff fallers from the north coast cliffs near Hell's Mouth and at Portreath, and airlifting a casualty with a broken leg from Gwithian.

As the early days of the year wore on more emergency flights continued. An ill baby from St Buryan, an injured 82 year-old from Praa Sands, and an unwell toddler from St Keverne.

All were picked up and flown to Treliske. In addition there were emergency transfers from Treliske to hospitals in London and in Bristol and a heart attack casualty from the Lizard to Treliske.

Even in the normally temperate climate of Cornwall mother nature can give us a chill warning.

Source: Royal Navy


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