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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

Mountain Rescue Team helicopter training

A new type of helicopter has been put through its paces in the Lake District, before it starts coming to the aid of walkers who get into trouble on the fells. Rescue teams from across Cumbria have been given training today, to see how the new aircraft differs from the RAF Sea King, which has been used for decades. Jenny Longden reports.

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