Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Helicopter crews drop in for Fullabrook ‘rescue’ mission

PUBLISHED: 11:33 23 August 2012

Sea King helicopter flight crews take part in an unusual training mission at the Fullabrook wind farm earlier this month. Pic: TP Photography

Sea King helicopter flight crews take part in an unusual training mission at the Fullabrook wind farm earlier this month. Pic: TP Photography

TP Photography

Chivenor Sea King stunt at giant wind turbine.

SEA King helicopter flight crews have taken part in an unusual training mission at the Fullabrook wind farm.

Local RAF rescue teams were given permission to practise winching rescue personnel from the 110-metre turbines, which are situated adjacent to the Search and Rescue Flight (SARF) base at RMB Chivenor.

A spokesperson for wind farm owners ESB, said the RAF SARF had established a standard operating procedure which is practised by other rescue units on sea-based wind farms all over the UK.

“As there are currently no operational off-shore wind farms in the local area, ESB allowed the RAF SARF to practice winching their rescue personnel from it’s turbines at Fullabrook Down.

“This exercise was of mutual training benefit and ESB were delighted to be able to facilitate the RAF in this instance.”

Earlier that week ESB hosted a safety day at the Imperial Hotel in Barnstaple, bringing together members of the local emergency services to discuss the emergency procedures at the wind farm.

The meeting was followed up with a tour of the wind farm site.

Other News Stories

19 minutes ago

North Devon Council has advised residents to be prepared as more heavy rain is forecast tomorrow (Wednesday) morning

Read more

Controversial plans to transform Knapp House caravan site into a woodland holiday park are set to be decided on next month.

Read more
12:47

Clucky hen finds a new home with rescue charity after being discovered shivering on a North Devon road

Read more
11:36

Jacqui Footman is looking forward to being part of South Molton Town Council

Read more
11:00

Action is needed to prevent an ageing population and not enough workers crippling North Devon’s economy in the future, says North Devon Council

Read more

Apprentices at the Bideford-based social enterprise will learn new skills to get back into work.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:07

North Devon had some hope after claims no decision had been made, but the latest comments suggest the closure of RMB Chivenor will still happen

Read more
Yesterday, 15:44

Channel 4 star hoping to save households hundreds of pounds at village hall event

Read more
Yesterday, 12:08

Communities in North Devon are rallying round today (Monday) to start the clean-up after being hit by flash flooding yesterday.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

Four hungry contestants took on the brand new ‘Macho Nacho’ eating challenge at the Custom House in Barnstaple - watch how the got on here.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications