1978 Sept 17 – The Island of Colonsay and Oransay a search for wreckage from a Dutch Navy Atalntic

Just looking through and old diary  Sept 1978 – I was out the weekend at Tyndrum with the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team and had two great days on the hill, on the Saturday we enjoyed a great day on the Ben Cruachan Ridge , Beinn a’ Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich on the Saturday and next day was on Creishe in Glencoe We then got called out. W e were flown by Wessex helicopter to search the Western coast, it was an incredible adventure at the time.

Atlantic Aircraft

Atlantic Aircraft

1978  Sept 17 – Isle of Colonsay  and Oransay  A / Dutch Military Atlantic aircarft crashed in the sea and stayed afloat for a while just off the Islands.  Some of the wreckage washed ashore and all the crew survived. When we arrived by Wessex helicopter we had no communications and searched most of the day and I sure  we lived in a Cave one night and much of the wreckage washed ashore vanished in true Island Fashion. It was very like the film “Whisky Galore” It was very difficult trying to get some of the sensitive items from the locals ! They had a few dinghies,life jackets and other bits and pieces! A bit of barter and trading was called for was called for?  We just made the pub it shut at 2200 then but managed a few beers but no food?  I wonder if anyone has any photos.

From my great pal Nick Sharpe a Guide in Canada “RAF Leuchars Mountain Rescue Team also deployed to the west coast of Jura and did the same thing. Spent a night in a huge cave sleeping on a soft bed of goat droppings!!!



Most of the sensitive stuff was gone when we arrived the boys in black had been in.

Crazy days back in the day !

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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