More on Gannet Sea King Helicopters!

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 -

Rescue 177

Rescue 177: A Scots GP Flies Search and Rescue with the Royal Navy Paperback – 10 Aug 2002

Sea King in Glencoe.

Sea King in Glencoe. Early Rescue

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.

Sea King with Killin MRT - Photo Bill Rose .

Sea King with Killin MRT – Photo Bill Rose .


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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