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Old 11 August 2013, 06:34   #91
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Old 11 August 2013, 07:11   #92
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Great videos and pictures what an amazing birthday pressie you lucky chap
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Old 11 August 2013, 07:22   #93
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Who was the pilot, anyone know?? Was it John Bell? a good friend of ours if so, awsome exercise love doing them... some great Video and stilla there, glan you had a great day !
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Apologies for missing this event, I wanted to come out but got tied up in something and didn't get back till this morning, looked like a good exercise.
As always I'm looking at new ideas and your video threw up a few older ones, I am thinking of bimini tops again, I would think it was difficult for a helicopter lift on a moving rib with an a frame.
What a nice day to do something like that, I will guarantee it won't be that nice if you get to do it for real
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Sorry I don't know who the pilot was, but I do know that I am quite sore today!

Although the winch sling is very quick it doesn't offer much support and believe me I was so glad to get back in the boat. I actually landed in the splash well on Landlords Osprey and the line was quickly paid out by the winch man and I was disconnected quickly too.

Today my ribs are quite tender, nothing major and I'm definitely not complaining but something to think about if you ever get a chance to do this in a training exercise.

One way would have been fine but both ways without a break was tough going.

When the helicopter gets close forget radio comms as you won't hear a thing, it's all hand signals and shouting at close range.

Surprisingly, there wasn't that much downdraft from the helicopter even when at the sliding door.

Surprisingly I wasn't nervous at all, everything was cool and calm and I reckon that I was running on max adrenalin, I could have swam back to Calshot afterwards
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Apologies for missing this event, I wanted to come out but got tied up in something and didn't get back till this morning, looked like a good exercise.
As always I'm looking at new ideas and your video threw up a few older ones, I am thinking of bimini tops again, I would think it was difficult for a helicopter lift on a moving rib with an a frame.
What a nice day to do something like that, I will guarantee it won't be that nice if you get to do it for real
They seemed to assess the situation and then arrange us where they wanted us, it this case they wanted my boat the other side. We were floating with the current the whole time so it was all down to the pilot, winch man and the rope man, in this case GTB, awesome work
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One way would have been fine but both ways without a break was tough going.
Returning by free fall..That would have made an even more entertaining video

Glad all all enjoyed yourselves
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Bloody awesome day, Whisper is drunk in pub in Salisbury, Missed the lift by minutes .. Some luurvly swells out there.. yeeeeha

Anyway. whilst Whisper was having a jolly with his chopper.. 15 mins after his lift there was a Situation which i will explain.
we headed back out to the needles to play in the big rollers.. i came across a couple of ribs, also 3-4 people in the water with life jackets auto inflated.. i wrongly assumed there were calmy waiting for the Heli lift,
The Big rib, Cobra 8m with 300 Yam (new) was sat 100 ft away from them doing nothing as was the other rib,, a bystander as it turns out.. so i sat away from it all expecting the heli to lift them, AJ went up to the Cobra,, turns out they were all flicked out of the cobra wearing shorts and T shirt and Stinking of Booze
Aj had to pull two Rather large Persons on board. Still their mates were 50 ft away meandering around not really interested in now 3 of their mates drifting away, . One looked really cold the other had blood coming from his head somewhere..

Un Bloody Believable
did the rnli turn up, did you report that bunch of muppet heads ?
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Old 14 August 2013, 05:20   #99
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did the rnli turn up, did you report that bunch of muppet heads ?
Yes told rnli no didn't turn up and once they found out they were heading towards Bournemouth at speed through the trap by Hurst they were no longer interested
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Awesome.. So sorry we missed it, We had a load of catapults and as you were ascending we were going to bombard you with stale hot dogs for extra entertainment!!
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