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The country's controversial privatised search and rescue helicopter service has been launched today at Humberside Airport.
Two helicopters will be based at Kirmington, one of ten locations around the UK.
The deal, with the Bristow Group ends 70 years of search and rescue from the RAF and the Royal Navy.
The company will operate the service on behalf of the Coastguard. Critics have expressed concerns that lives could be endangered, claims rejected today: