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Crew were deployed from Odiham base to Scottish Highlands
A RESCUE helicopter was the subject of a rescue itself – thanks to the heavy-lifting power of an RAF Odiham Chinook.
A crew from the north Hampshire airbase was sent to Glencoe on Friday, October 18, in the Scottish Highlands, to help move a Royal Navy search and rescue Sea King.
The rescue helicopter, from HMS Ganner, in Prestwick, had been put down near a hotel as a precautionary measure after the crew identified a potential defect.
The RAF Odiham crew stripped down the rescue helicopter, including removing its rotors, before using the Chinook to lift it more than a mile to the Glencoe Ski Resort. It was then transported by road back to Prestwick.
Commander Andrew Rose, Royal Navy’s Search and Rescue Force Commander, said: “I am extremely grateful to Joint Helicopter Command, and specifically the crew of the RAF Chinook from RAF Odiham, for assisting in the recovery of our aircraft from Glencoe.
“I am equally grateful for the support of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service who have assisted in the guarding of the aircraft in its remote location.”
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