Rescue helicopters takeover

The Government has announced that Britain's search-and-rescue helicopter service is to be run by US-headquartered Bristow Helicopters, including services across the North East and North Yorkshire.

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Bristow Group takes over UK search and rescue from RAF

A search and rescue helicopter based at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland Credit: RAF

A private company is taking over the UK's helicopter search and rescue operations.

The Department for Transport announced the 10 year agreement with Bristow Group will start in 2015.

The £1.6 billion deal ends 70 years of search and rescue from the RAF and Royal Navy.

Under the new contract, 22 helicopters will operate from 10 locations around the UK, including RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.

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