Search & Rescue service sell-off

The government has announced that Britain's Search and Rescue service is to be sold off to an American firm.

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Transport Secretary welcomes Search & Rescue deal

The Department for Transport has signed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd to provide search and rescue helicopter services in the UK.

The deal will see two helicopters based at Caernarfon Airport, and a new base will be set up at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Our search and rescue helicopter service plays a crucial role, saving lives and providing assistance to people in distress on both land and on sea. With 24 years of experience providing search and rescue helicopter services in the UK, the public can have great confidence in Bristow and their ability to deliver a first class service with state of the art helicopters.

– Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin

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