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RISE IN RAF SEARCH AND RESCUE INCIDENTS

Added: (Wed Jan 03 2001)

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RISE IN RAF SEARCH AND RESCUE INCIDENTS

Royal Air Force helicopters, other aircraft, and mountain rescue teams were involved in 1750 search and rescue incidents in the year 2000, a rise of 5.5% compared to 1999. They included airlifting an elderly passenger from the QE2 liner, transferring a 76-year-old Canadian yachtsman to a container ship in mid-Atlantic, and assisting the Team Philips yacht.

Figures released by the RAF Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre (ARCC) at RAF Kinloss in Scotland show that a total of 1904 sorties were made, since in many cases more than one Sea King helicopter or other aircraft were involved. As well as the Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft used to co-ordinate helicopters or ships, Hercules transport aircraft and fast jet Tornados were also used in search and rescue operations.

The RAF ARCC controls all aerial resources throughout the UK, working closely with emergency services. It stands watch over an area extending from the Faroes in the north to the English Channel in the south, as well as half way across both the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.

RAF Sea Kings of Nos 22 and 202 Squadrons operate from six locations around the country from Scotland to Cornwall, with Royal Navy and Coastguard helicopters available at a further six. For land rescues the RAF calls upon its five mountain rescue teams, each manned by a core of permanent staff and some 30 volunteers.

For more information contact: Dawn McNiven at RAF Kinloss on +44 1309 672161 ex 7892 or the Ministry of Defence Press Office on +44 207 2189 7907.

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