Liz Campbell announced as Independent Chair of Association of Air Ambulances Charity

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The Association of Air Ambulances is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Campbell as the Independent Chair of the Association of Air Ambulances Charity (AAAC), a legally independent body which is designed to funnel national donations into individual air ambulance charities.

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Navy to begin search for El Faro in coming weeks; Wartsila engines for new Russian icebreaker

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Navy to begin search for El Faro in coming weeks
October 9, 2015—Over the next several weeks, the U.S. Navy will begin searching for the 790 ft containership El Faro, which is believed to have sunk near the Crooked Islands in the Bahamas. In a press briefing yesterday, National Transportation Safety Board Vice-Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr said that the Navy would use specialized equipment, including side scan sonar and ROVs to locate the ship and its Voyage Data Recorder or black box.

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One to watch: Multi-crew rescue after man falls from clifftop

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Watch two RNLI crews work together to rescue injured walker
‘It was like they were a part of our crew, even though I
had never met them before’
A seriously injured man was spotted in the water after falling from the clifftop at Hilbre Island. Lifeguard Mike Procter immediately realised that he would need the help of his fellow lifeguards and local lifeboat crews if he was going to save the man’s life.
Watch the rescue

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HeliService international GmbH Signs Contract for an AW169 Helicopter

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Marking the entry of the new type in the North Sea offshore market and the first AW169 customer for offshore operations in Europe
Leading company HeliService international to strengthen its service capabilities with the AW169’s new generation design
Aircraft to be delivered in autumn 2016, expanding the global success of the new model
More than 150 AW169s ordered by customers around the world to date, including framework contracts and options, for a wide range of applications

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that HeliService international GmbH has signed a contract for an AW169 light intermediate helicopter. This aircraft will be delivered by autumn 2016 through specialist aviation lessor LCI Helicopters to undertake offshore operations in the North Sea.

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Man overboard – Oman Sail – update

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Further to our report of a Man Overboard (MOB) on Wednesday 7 October at 05:05 Central European Time, we can confirm that Mohammed Al Alawi, 26, went missing just south of Pula in Croatia while our MOD70 trimaran, Musandam-Oman Sail, was en route from Lorient via Marseille in France to Trieste in Italy, to be present at the Barcolana yacht race, as part of our European season.

A combined operation between Oman Sail and the Italian and Croatian coastguards searched the area throughout the day on Wednesday but by nightfall they were unable to find Mohammed. The coastguards and Oman Sail resumed the search this morning and we will provide updates as soon as there is any news.

The absolute priority at this stage is to find Mohammed, and no effort will be spared in the pursuit of that objective. Oman Sail team members remain with Mohammed’s family to support them through this difficult time.

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The Coast Guard to suspend search for El Faro survivors; Additional indictments in car carrier price fixing conspiracy

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The Coast Guard to suspend search for El Faro survivors
October 7, 2015—The U.S. Coast Guard has told family members of the crew of the lost cargo ship El Faro that it will suspend the search for survivors at 7 PM ET. The 790 ft containership is believed to have sunk en route from Jacksonville, FL, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in Hurricane Joaquin on October 1. The ship is believed to have sunk near the Crooked Islands in the Bahamas in 15,000 feet of water.

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Coast Guard believes El Faro sank, searches for survivors; Debris field found near missing El Faro’s last position

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Coast Guard believes El Faro sank, searches for survivors
October 5, 2015—The U.S. Coast Guard believes that the 790 ft, U.S.-flag containership El Faro sank while en route to Puerto Rico from Jacksonville, FL, during the Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin on October 1.

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