Hopefully the weather isnt too bad in the area. Ive just returned from the Forties field on monday and they arn't issuing plb's anymore to passengers, because apparently they interfere with the main beacon on the helicopter. Or so I was told anyway.
HELICOPTER DITCHES IN NORTH SEA
MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY News Release (55/09) issued by COI News
Distribution Service on 1 April 2009
At just before 2.00 pm this afternoon, Aberdeen Coastguard were informed of a ditched Bond helicopter about 35 miles off the coast of Crimond (between Fraserburgh and Peterhead)
Two helicopters from the RAF (R131 & R 137) have been scrambled to the scene and a Nimrod marine patrol aircraft has been diverted to the area. Aberdeen Coastguard have begun broadcasting a mayday signal into the area. RNLI lifeboats from Peterhead and Fraserburgh are heading for the scene now.
A variety of vessels have immediately responded and the nearest vessel the `Normand Aurora' have launched their fast rescue craft to the scene. It is understood that there are 16 people on board the aircraft.
Notes to Editors
The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the excitin range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. http://www.seavisionuk.org
Rigrat, big debate on Pprune re: PLB. I'm about 20 miles up the Moray Firth, and the weather couldn't be more conducive to a successful outcome. Unsurprisingly, the rescue services have chopped to Ch 0.
From when the flag goes up, how long is the MCA / RAF response, how long would they aim to be overhead in? Not a shit stirring question - just wondered from the survivability aspects (how long in the water, etc.) - Great that surface vessels are present. Let's all hope for a good outcome, and be thankful for the calm conditions.