At 14.06hr on Friday 21st July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, to the report from a member of the public of a white object in the sea off the Stag Rocks at Bamburgh. Seahouses Coastguard Rescue Team initially attended to try and identify the object, which a member of public was concerned may be a capsized yacht. Sea conditions were quite choppy, with a strengthening gusty easterly wind.

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Global SuperTanker, World’s Largest Aerial Firefighter, Now Eligible to Fight Fires in the US

Global SuperTanker, World’s Largest Aerial Firefighter, Now Eligible to Fight Fires in the US
U.S. Interagency Airtanker Board grants SuperTanker 17-month approval, but the Global SuperTanker still awaits a U.S. Forest Service contract

July 25, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Global SuperTanker – the largest, fastest, and most technologically advanced aerial firefighter in the world – has received interim approval from the U.S. Interagency Airtanker Board (IAB) to fight fires in the United States. The 17-month approval is similar to what has been given to other aerial tankers and is a necessary step for the SuperTanker to compete for contracts in the U.S. and abroad. However, IAB approval is only a first step; the SuperTanker does not currently have a contract with the United States Forest Service (USFS) to fight fires, and pending contracts for large aerial tankers exclude tankers the size of the SuperTanker.

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The Yacht, finally clear of the shingle bank, being escorted into Holy Island Harbour, to be met by the Coastguard Rescue Team and Harbour Master.

A relieved Yacht skipper we suspect !

At 17:00hr on Friday 14th July 2017, both lifeboats relaunched, and returned to the yacht to assist it to free itself on tonight’s high tide. The tide was tonight was slightly lower than this morning, so if the yacht could not be freed, it could be marooned for a week at least till the tides start to pick up again. At the point of high tide, the yacht was still not refloating. With some wash generated by the lifeboats, it was finally possible to gently tow the yacht clear. Care had to be taken to prevent any damage to the yacht’s hull. The yacht, once finally clear, was escorted to Holy Island harbour, where it was met by the local Coastguard Rescue Team. After a friendly chat between the Coastguard, yacht crew and lifeboat crews, both Seahouses Lifeboats returned to station at 20.30hr that night. A slightly difficult job, but with a successful conclusion.



Photos show  the yacht below Lindisfarne Castle and the ILB alongside

At 07:51hr on Friday 14th July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats, to go to the assistance of a 26ft yacht with three persons and a dog on board. The yacht had run aground on the gravel outcrop at Holy Island, near the haven, known as the Rigg, and was unable free itself.

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Exmouth RNLI (Volunteers tasked during RNLI Inspection)

Photos: (Credit: Exmouth RNLI)


Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn tows the broken down fishing boat back to mooring.

Exmouth’s volunteers tasked to fishing boat in difficulty during the Institution’s inspection

Crew volunteers were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 7pm on Wednesday 5 July to the aid of a broken down fishing boat nine miles south of the Exe estuary. Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn was on exercise during an RNLI three-yearly inspection.

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Royal Canadian Air Force Marks Graduation of 50th Search and Rescue Course

13 July 2011
Cat Lake, Ontario
On 13 July, 2011, 8 Wing Trenton’s 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron was tasked to aid an evacuation process of several individuals stranded near Cat Lake, Ontario.
The Government of Canada responded swiftly to an urgent request from the Province of Ontario as a result of wild fires threatening the community of Cat Lake. The fires have already cut the community from electricity. Two Canadian Forces CC-130 Hercules aircraft, one from 435 Squadron based at 17 Wing Winnipeg and another from 424 Squadron based out of Trenton Ontario, evacuated approximately 120 residents of Cat Lake to Kapuskasing, Ont.

Whitecourt, Alberta
10 May 2008
Sergeant Darcy St Laurrent, a search and rescute technician with 435 Squadron, 17 Wing Winnipeg, jumps out the back of a CC-130 Hercules. This was Sgt StLaurrent’s 500th career jump.
Sergeant Darcy StLaurrent, a Search and Rescue Technician with 435 Squadron Winnipeg, leaps out of the back of a CC-130 Hercules. This was Sgt StLaurrent’s 500th jump.
From 09 -13 May 2008, 435 Squadron conducted a Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise in Alberta. Two CC-130 Hercules Aircraft participated in aerial manouvers and SAR Techs performed equipment drops, static line jumps as well as free fall descents. The exercise covered airspace as far west as the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where 435 Sqn Pilots flew contour practice missions.
Photograph by Corporal Colin Aitken

July 6, 2017 – Comox, B.C. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Royal Canadian Air Force leaders welcomed eleven new Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Techs) into their trade today at 19 Wing Comox.

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