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  • Air Sea Rescue off West Coast of Ireland

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7776368.stm

    Complicated !

    Hope all goes well.
    'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

  • #2
    Thats a complex one. Indeed, hope it goes smoothly.


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

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    • #3
      The BBC report is slightly wrong. The Planes and Helicopters which in this case would have been
      MH-53's would have flown from Mildenhall, not Lakenheath.

      Not the first time mind you the MH-53's have been called on to carry out SAR duties on behalf of the RAF & MCA.

      A job well done by all concerned.
      Last edited by pmtts; 11 December 2008, 09:00.

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      • #4
        According to the Irish Times, the helis were Pave Hawks (HH-60s):



        But according to the BBC report, the ship had sailed to within 200 miles of the Irish coast by the time the helis got there - isn't that the range limit for the Coast Guard S-61s?

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        • #5
          The MH-53's must not be at Mildenhall anymore!.


          The press release yesterday from the MCA :

          At ten minutes to seven yesterday evening, Falmouth Coastguard received a satellite call from the 28,148 gross tonnes, cargo vessel Anna Rickmers requesting medical advice.


          The Master of the vessel was tele-connected by Falmouth Coastguard to the duty doctor at Queen Alexandria Hospital, Portsmouth and appropriate medical advice was given to help stabilize the injured crewman. The injured crewman, a Burmese national, had sustained spinal and cranial injuries and needed to be evacuated to hospital for expert medical care.

          The vessels position at the time of the initial call was 580 nautical miles south west of Ireland, and the Master has been requested to steer a course to a position that will place them 200 nautical miles south west of Ireland at approximately six thirty this evening.

          Falmouth Coastguard contacted the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre at RAF Kinloss to ascertain what air rescue assets were available.

          After discussion with the American authorities at RAF Lakenheath, it was decided to put together a mission to evacuate the Burmese sailor from the ship.

          Two Sikorsky HH_60G Pave Hawk helicopters and a C130 Hercules refueling aircraft with top cover provided by a RAF Nimrod are expected to be with the vessel at eight oclock this evening to evacuate the man.

          Andy Cattrell, Watch Manager, Falmouth Coastguard said:

          This man needs immediate expert medical care and the only way to get him to hospital quickly is by helicopter evacuation and we are pleased to be able to coordinate this life saving mission in cooperation with our Search and Rescue partners.

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          • #6
            I believe that all is well now and that the injured man is in hospital getting treatment. Job well done by all and i also note the complete silence on indymedia etc from the great unwashed commenting about the invasion of irish airspace but the "warlike USAF" I wonder if one of our crustie friends was on a sinking ship 100 km west of Galway would they object if a yank helicopter came to the rescue or if some of our shinner friends were in similiar difficulty would they object of the rescue heli had the prefix "Royal" as in Air Force or Navy. If RAF/RN/USAF were to save my bacon or that of any of my family they could park a B52 in my back yard for all i care...

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            • #7
              If memory serves correctly USAF & Canadian helicopters help during the Air India disaster.

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              • #8
                There was another operation some time after that also involved Air to Air refuelling. The CH 53 ended up stopping off in Cork Airport after they had been refuelled.
                Glad to hear ths went smoothly. Hopefully the unfortunate crewman makes a ful recovery, or at least gets the full care his injuries require.

                BERLIN: The U.S. military said Thursday it rescued a seriously injured crewman from a merchant ship off the Irish coast after British authorities requested help for the long-distance mission.

                The U.S. Air Force sent two helicopters and two refueling planes from bases in Britain on Wednesday night after the crewman fell more than 40 feet (12 meters) off a container on the cargo ship and suffered life-threatening head injuries.

                The British Ministry of Defense called for the U.S. support because it did not have the longer distance air-refuelable helicopters needed to rescue the crewman from the freighter, some 460 miles (740 kilometers) off the Irish coast, the military said.

                The British Royal Air Force did, however, send a maritime surveillance aircraft of its own to monitor the situation and provide communication support. The American side of the operation was coordinated by U.S. European Command and the U.S. Air Force Europe in Germany.

                The injured man, from Myanmar, is now in an Irish hospital in stable condition, the military said.
                http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/...ary-Rescue.php
                Last edited by Goldie fish; 11 December 2008, 21:23.


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

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                • #9
                  The injured man, from Myanmar, is now in an Irish hospital in stable condition, the military said.
                  The horrors. American military aircraft landing in Ireland.

                  NTM
                  Driver, tracks, troops.... Drive and adjust!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by California Tanker View Post
                    The horrors. American military aircraft landing in Ireland.

                    NTM
                    it reminds me of when some noteables in tihs COuntry


                    complained about the RAF flying 2 inches over the border

                    and yet

                    welcomed the same RAF when they brought in our near drowned fishermen
                    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                    Are full of passionate intensity.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
                      There was another operation some time after that also involved Air to Air refuelling. The CH 53 ended up stopping off in Cork Airport after they had been refuelled.
                      There certainly was. That mission was deffinatley carried out by MH-53's from the 21st Special Operations Squadron who were then based at RAF Mildenhall.

                      21st May 2002, 450 miles off the SW coast of England.

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                      • #12
                        In the history of the RAF air sea rescues of Irish people they have yet to come across a Irish die hard rePUBlican, strange that, maybe they choose to swim to shore to save themselves the indignity of it all.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pmtts View Post
                          There certainly was. That mission was deffinatley carried out by MH-53's from the 21st Special Operations Squadron who were then based at RAF Mildenhall.

                          21st May 2002, 450 miles off the SW coast of England.
                          There was one earlier than that. Sometime in the late 80s. Not Air India. A minisub that got in trouble. I think the Canadian Coastguard "John Cabot" may have been involved.


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

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by California Tanker View Post
                            The horrors. American military aircraft landing in Ireland.
                            The horrors, an official American source acknowleding the change of name from Burma to Myanmar. https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat...s/bm.html#Govt

                            But well done to the crews.
                            Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

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                            • #15
                              the trawler that was missing with 3 men on board has been found all well

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