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    AW139 (276) completed a rescue operation of an injured man from the bottom of a ravine in Baltimore, Co. Cork this evening.
    Following a request from Valencia Coast Guard the 139, which had been operating in the area as part of a joint Defence Forces exercise, deployed to the scene.
    The injured man, who is believed to have suffered a broken leg in the fall, was winched to safety by the crew. The injured man was transferred to Cork Airport from where he was transported to Cork University Hospital by ambulance. The helicopter arrived on scene at 5.55pm and completed their mission at Cork Airport at 6.35pm.


    Not my words by the way, I know 'Valencia' is in Spain, I think they mean Valentia.
    Last edited by Rhodes; 15 June 2011, 20:17.

  • #2
    The curse of auto correct?!

    Is this the first operational rescue by an Irish Aw139?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jetjock View Post
      The curse of auto correct?!

      Is this the first operational rescue by an Irish Aw139?
      The 2009 Annual Report says that the AW139s carried out six mountain
      rescues in that year.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rhodes View Post
        The 2009 Annual Report says that the AW139s carried out six mountain
        rescues in that year.
        That answers that! Thanks!

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        • #5
          Air Corps AW139 carryout mountain rescue

          Hi all,

          I see a AW139 carried out a rescue today.

          Irish Times Air Corps

          Well done all involved.

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          • #6
            Hey good job - well done to all. Just shows how multi-roled these machines and crews are.

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            • #7
              The Air Corps flew over 5800 missions last year including 241 Maritime Patrols in support of the Naval Service. They also provide assitance to other state services such as the HSE and the GardaĆ­. Today the Air Corps AW139 helicopter airlifted a woman off Croagh Patrick after she suffered a serious head injury as a result of a fall near the summit. This was one of three incidents involving the duty AW139 helicopter which saw Reek Sunday proving to be another busy day for Air Corps heli operations; Well done to all involved for the rapid casualty transfer, well done to all who climbed and we hope those affected have a speedy recovery.
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              • #8
                If you want to see 139s being built, have a look at Englishrussia.com. A current feature is a tour of the joint Italian-Russian Agusta factory.

                regards
                GttC

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                • #9
                  Video of the Croagh Patrick Medevac.

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                  • #10
                    Are the mountain rescue teams trained in helicopter hand signals? Guy on right of screen seemed prepared for heli ops.

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                    • #11
                      They train regularly with Coast Guard helis, so I'd say yes.


                      Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pym View Post
                        Are the mountain rescue teams trained in helicopter hand signals? Guy on right of screen seemed prepared for heli ops.
                        Im sure mountain rescue teams do train in rescue hand signals as they are internationally recognised.
                        There's a thread on an Air Corps and mountain rescue joint exercise.
                        http://forum.irishmilitaryonline.com...Joint-Exercise
                        Post #78 has a video.

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                        • #13
                          yes MRT's do practice heli hand signals, selecting and preparing landing sites, etc. standard practice for them.

                          not 100% on this bit, but also think they carry comms for talking to heli's direct as standard, as well as their usual PRR's.
                          Fate whispers to the warrior, "There is a storm coming"

                          And the warrior whispers back "I am the storm".

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                          • #14
                            An Air Corps AW139 carrying out a mountain rescue this morning on Croagh Patrick.

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                            • #15
                              Great picture of an Air Corps AW139 carrying out one of the two rescues from Croagh Patrick today.

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