Winter days. New SAR helicopter in the Lake District trains with Mountain Rescue Teams.



Great to see the photos of everyone enjoying the wonderful winter weather. It is even icy on the East Coast at sea – level. I am unfortunately restricted to low level walking just now but my operation is this week so hopefully after this will be the slow process of recovery which may take a good part of the winter. The cold wind was bitter yesterday even at sea – level but the views of the snowy coast and the mountains with the snow down to sea level was great and nearly  every day just now there is a lovely sunset. The Moray Trail goes past my village and I walk that most days, it is a wonderful addition to the area and the path from Burghead to Hopeman is outstanding and a great addition to this special area. It is well used by all and a great asset to the area.

Photo from Lake District Mountain Rescue

Photo from Lake District Mountain Rescue

It was good to see that “Grough” reported that in the Lake District that the Mountain Rescue Teams  had a preview of the new helicopters Sikorsky S-92 and Agusta Westland AW189. It will be interesting times ahead but great to see the new aircraft and learn about the differences from the Sea King.  Some members from the Lake District Mountain Rescue gad a good look and some training with the new aircraft. Any change of aircraft needs plenty of work by all Agencies especially in an SAR  environment. It is a big aircraft with many improved features and the downdraft will take a bit of getting used to by all. I wish it well.

“Volunteer mountain rescuers from the Lake District had their first look at the new privatised search and rescue helicopters that will support them from spring.

The Bristow-owned aircraft will replace RAF and Royal Navy Sea Kings in mountain rescue operations across the UK.

The £1.6bn contract was awarded to the Texas-based company almost two years ago and will run for 13 years. The new helicopters, in Coastguard livery, will be operated under the responsibility of the Department for Transport, through the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The service will use Sikorsky S-92 and Agusta Westland AW189 helicopters in place of the ageing Sea Kings that have been the mainstay of search and rescue operations in the UK for decades.

Sixty rescuers from 10 different teams took part in the training exercise on Saturday to familiarise themselves with one of the new aircraft.”


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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7 Responses to Winter days. New SAR helicopter in the Lake District trains with Mountain Rescue Teams.

  1. Good luck on your upcoming surgery! I pray that you have a speedy recovery.


  2. Lyndon Jones says:

    Saw quite a bit of feedback from the training with the Lake District Teams.
    It’s a bloody big aircraft, and I remember when we went from the Wessex to the Sea King it took some time to get used to it I from those days it was downdraft which again I would think is going to be main issue you don’t want house brick size rocks flying around.
    If what I’ve been told is true and all of the new aircraft will be crewed by ex-sat then then the expertise on both sides should make the transition achievable in a timely manner.

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  3. Sid Harding says:

    Best of luck with your operation Davy, I will be thinking about you, it seems to be part of life when we get older. Your recent blogs have been ecxcellent and takes me back to my time with you and the golf in Moray. Please keep them going if only to make this ‘Red Coat’ happy in his old age. Sid

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