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A Royal Marines Boat is Lifted by a Chinook Helicopter

A Royal Marines Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) dangles from a Chinook helicopter during a hazardous 'Underslinging', a method of quick extraction and insertion of waterborne personnel.


The daring procedure involves the helicopter lowering strops and descending to just above sea level, at which point the boat and crew push through the down draft under the helicopter to attach the lines to the boat.


The helicopter is then able to lift the boat with its crew clear of the water. Once clear and the boat is airborne, the crew will be individually winched up into the helo.


This image won The Commandant General Royal Marines Prize for photographer LA(Phot) Hamish Burke in the Royal Navy's coveted Peregrine Trophy Photographic Competition this year.


Photographer: LA(Phot) Hamish Burke


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Taken on June 16, 2009