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Pave Hawk rescue mission revealed

30th June 2009 - 15:30 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


The United States Air Force (USAF) has revealed more details about a long-range Search and Rescue mission it conducted last week.

As previously reported on, two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters of the 56th Rescue Squadron at RAF Lakenheath were dispatched to a position in the Atlantic Ocean some 700 miles off the West Coast of Scotland to pick up a sailor from the container ship 'Pascha' who had been complaining of abdominal pains.

The distances involved made it impossible for traditional sea rescue operations to reach, so the UK's Rescue Coordination Center requested the assistance of the US

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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