Many thanks for all the comments on the great work by the Royal Navy Sea kings it got my memory going of some past call -outs and I will write again before we lose them in January 2015. I also got some great photos for my article/tribute in late December. So many comments this was one of the best:
Dave Green “‘Dit’ on the Brave boys of the RN mate. If it wasn’t for them I would not have worked with a great bunch of people at the ARCC. Some sad times, but most of all Good times, good colleagues, good friends and all the time Good professionals.”
Rescue 177 – This is a great wee book of the early days of Gannet SAR Flight by a local Doctor who was with the Gannet Sea King as a crew member. In the early days the Sea Kings had only basic medical care available on board unlike now with the incredible training and equipment by the crew. I look back and remember how basic things were compared with today. A huge improvement in patient care that we should all be proud of and so many lives saved a great legacy. Nowadays the helicopter is a front – line ambulance so much was learned from these early days.
Rescue 177: A Scots GP Flies Search and Rescue with the Royal Navy Paperback – 10 Aug 2002
by James A. Begg (Author)
In 1986, Jim Begg, an Ayrshire GP, was appointed as the Doctor for Search and Rescue at HMS Gannet, Prestwick – the second busiest rescue unit in the UK. His Sea King helicopter, call-sign Rescue 177, was the ‘front-line ambulance’ for Scottish islands, ships, fishing boats, and mountains. An interesting insight into the Royal Navy Sea King at Gannet.