The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon has completed 100 taskings – in just two months.
It’s not been a huge surprise to the crews who say that historically the area has been one of the busiest search and rescue ones in the UK.
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The base is operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and was the third civilian search and rescue base to go live.
Its first tasking, a mountain rescue, came just eight hours after going live on 1st July.
The hundredth was to help with a medical evacuation on 1st September, although in the event, the helicopter was stood down.
Chief Crewman Kevin Weller said, ‘The jobs we have been tasked to have been challenging at times, especially in the mountains in poor weather and at night.
'Historically C Flight at RAF Valley has been one of the busiest search and rescue flights in the UK so we knew we would be busy from the word go.’
‘Everyone at the base feels very privileged to be part of this team and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead.’