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Padstow lifeboat in trawler rescue

Six fisherman have been rescued off the Cornish coast in a joint operation involving the Padstow lifeboat and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. The crew of the French trawler took to survival suits and abandoned ship yesterday when their vessel was struck by huge waves in gale force winds.

Five of the crew were plucked from the water by the Royal Navy rescue helicopter and the skipper was picked up by the RNLI lifeboat from Padstow. All six crew were brought ashore.

Padstow lifeboat 2nd Coxswain Richard Pitman said, "A great deal of credit must go the winchman on the helicopter. The heavy sea conditions made his job very difficult as he was dragged in and out of the water with the rise and fall of the sea.

"The conditions were challenging and it was a difficult rescue for all involved, we are pleased to have been able to assist."

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From RNAS Culdrose to the Philippines

A team from Culdrose Air Base has been sent to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. They'll be giving aid using a Merlin MK 1 helicopter that's usually based near Helston.

The crew have been deployed since June, and now won't return till after Christmas.

They were taking part in counter-piracy operations before the Prime Minister sent them to help.

Helicopters at RNAS Culdrose Credit: ITV News West Country

Five rescued after boat sank off the Lizard

Five people have been rescued after their boat sank in stormy conditions off the Cornish coast. The RNLI and RNAS Culdrose search and rescue helicopter helped to rescue the crew from the sinking French fishing vessel off the Lizard around 1am this morning.

Two tankers also helped to shelter the boat while waiting for rescue.

"With stormy conditions out to sea, we needed to act quickly to help these five crew members try to stop the water coming into their boat. Unfortunately, the pumps could not cope and they had to get into their life craft. From there they were winched to safety. "Luckily none of the five were hurt or showing signs of hypothermia as they were all wearing survival suits. This undoubtedly aided their survival in what have been tricky conditions tonight."

– Jon Wood, Watch Officer at Falmouth Coastguard

RNAS Culdrose opens its doors

Up close to aircraft at the Culdrose Air Day.

The annual Culdrose Air Day event, held at one of the largest helicopter bases in Europe, returns to Cornwall today.

Spectators will be able to watch flying displays, meet Royal Navy pilots and see state of the art aircraft up close.

Last year's event was cancelled because of repairs to the runway and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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60 years of search and rescue at RNAS Culdrose

The Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopter service at Culdrose is celebrating 60 years. But in three years time, the contract will be privatised and taken over by American firm Bristow in a £1.6 billion deal.

Newquay will replace the services provided by military bases in Culdrose and Chivenor - while the one at Portland will close. Francesca Carpenter spent the day with 771 squadron in Cornwall, and for many of them, it's the end of era.

Cornwall Corporal recognised with Millie Award

Corporal Justin Morgan Credit: Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose

A daring rescue by a member of the RNAS Culdrose Search and Rescue team has been recognised at this year's Millie Awards. Corporal Justin Morgan was named Britain's Most Outstanding Sailor last night.

Corporal Justin Morgan inside helicopter Credit: Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose

He braved 50-foot waves and gale-force winds to rescue a man who had fallen from his yacht in August.

Corporal Morgan was handed his award by Hollywood actors Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne. The event in London is backed by a national newspaper.

Corporal Justin Morgan Credit: Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose
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