A Royal Navy Search and Rescue (SAR) aircrewman is winched into the cabin of a Seaking helicopter during training off the North Cornwall coast.
SAR crews practice their skills daily, as they are often called to real incidents. Recent call outs involved rescuing injured people from various sized sailing and fishing vessels, medical evacuations from the Scilly Isles and road traffic casualty airlifts.
771 Naval Air Squadron, based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose (HMS Seahawk), near Helston, Cornwall, is tasked primarily with military and civilian Search and Rescue across a wide operating area that spans the Cornish Peninsula, Isles of Scilly, the Western English Channel, and the Southwest Approaches.
Photographer: POA(Phot) Paul A'Barrow
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