A Royal Navy helicopter pilot based at Culdrose in Cornwall has helped rescue people trapped by the Australian bush fires.

Lieutenant Commander Nick Grimmer is on exchange with the Royal Australian Navy.

He helped rescue residents from a small town in Victoria who had been trapped by the flames.

Lieutenant Commander Nick Grimmer is on exchange with the Royal Australian Navy. Credit: Royal Navy

Over the new year, Lt Cdr Grimmer’s aircraft, five aircrew and 14 engineers were called to join the amphibious ship HMAS Choules, as the bushfires spread to the south-eastern tip of Australia.

The pilot has been flying for up to ten hours a day alongside his colleagues in difficult conditions.

Watching people – everyone from a baby of two months to an elderly lady in her 90s – get off in Melbourne, relieved, saying ‘goodbye’, ‘thank you’ and shaking everyone’s hands was very gratifying, definitely the highlight and made all our efforts seem worthwhile.

Lt Cdr Grimmer

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