The Rescue Rangers come to life as Force 9 gale hits UK

Andrew Elwell

The Royal Navy and RAF’s Search and Rescue helicopters were called into service last night as a Force 9 gale wreaked havoc on a cargo vessel near Colwyn Bay. Five of the people had to be rescued by the crew of HMS Gannet's Sea King Mark 5 helicopter in a tricky operation after their 82m vessel hit rocks. The remaining two crew members from the vessel were later saved by the duty aircraft from RAF Leconfield. "Conditions were extremely challenging. Sea spray from the waves was bein...
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