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New rescue aircraft 'more powerful' than Sea King

The new coastguard helicopters Credit: Mountain Rescue

RAF Sea King helicopters are being replaced by new coastguard aircraft after 35 years of service.

Richard Warren, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team said:

The month of August has also been a historic month for one of our mountain rescue teams on the west coast. Wasdale MRT was called out to a rescue on Scafell Pike on the 17th August where a lady had broken her ankle. Due to a hazardous stretcher carry back down the mountain, the team leader called in helicopter support and was extremely surprised and pleased when he was advised that a Sikorsky S92 from Humberside was being scrambled to their location. This much larger and heavier, more powerful and greater capacity helicopter has a very distinctive engine sound that Cumbrians will soon become used to and teams will become experienced in the fierce downwash which blows you off your feet if you are not secure. This rescue was the very first occasion where the new Bristow helicopter had flown into Cumbria on an operational mission, a truly historic event for the teams.

– Richard Warren, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

RAF Sea Kings replaced

RAF Sea King helicopters are being replaced Credit: Mountain Rescue

RAF Sea King helicopters will train with Cumbria's mountain rescue teams for the final time today.

The Sea King's are being decommissioned after 35 years of service and will be replaced by new coastguard helicopters.

The yellow aircraft, which have been a welcome sight for the 12 mountain rescue teams, will be replaced by new red and white liveried coastguard helicopters under a 10-year multi-million pound contract.

Lake District mountain rescue teams handled 474 incidents during 2014, of which there were 11 fatalities. The majority of rescues are managed without helicopter support. The teams are all charities and volunteers are unpaid. It costs around £500,000 a year to run the 12 teams which is funded through voluntary donations.

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New rescue dog finds unconscious missing person

Handler John with dog Rauour Credit: Mark Hogarth/Pawsed Photography

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team found a missing woman last night with the help of a new rescue dog.

Three-year-old Rauour and handler John, a member of Tweed Valley MRT, found the unconscious woman at 8pm after a three hour search in the Innerleithen area.

Because of the woman’s dark clothing and distance into the woodland, the Mountain Rescue Team claim it was Rauour’s sensitive nose that located the woman.

A Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter helped in the search Credit: Scott Amos

Despite the difficult conditions, a Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter from HMS Gannet was also scrambled and used its infrared camera to assist in the search.

The helicopter then airlifted the woman to hospital.

The helicopter airlifted the woman to hospital Credit: Scott Amos

Tweed Valley MRT believe Rauour helped to save the woman's life.

“The conditions were pretty bad with strong winds and driving snow – it’s a safe to say that the combined efforts of John & Rauour, Tweed Valley MRT, Police and the Royal Navy saved the woman’s life.”

– Dave Wright, Deputy Team Leader
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