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Old 13 December 2010, 09:08   #11
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So what are the Seakings getting replaced with, not them little eurocopter things?
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Old 13 December 2010, 09:24   #12
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Helicopters

They will be using Sikorsky S92s which are an awesome piece of kit - they have been used in Outer Hebrides for some time.
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Well it all worries me....

More and more reliance on charities to do what in essence is a government responsibility to look after our coasts....

At a time when everyone is struggling, reducing front line services when more and more people are holidaying at home.... does seem a bit dangerous.

I understand these are lean times and every area must do their best to reduce costs... but this is front line.
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More and more reliance on charities to do what in essence is a government responsibility to look after our coasts....
I've never heard the Royal Bank of Scotland described as that...
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Old 13 December 2010, 11:47   #15
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They will be using Sikorsky S92s which are an awesome piece of kit - they have been used in Outer Hebrides for some time.
Lee on Solent have an Agusta, tiny little thing.
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Search and Rescue helicoptors will be the Sikorsky S92s and will be replacing any Sea Kings currently in use. Anything else used by police and ambulance are seperate and are not part of the privateisation happening in 2012.
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Search and Rescue helicoptors will be the Sikorsky S92s and will be replacing any Sea Kings currently in use. Anything else used by police and ambulance are seperate and are not part of the privateisation happening in 2012.
Didn't Lee on Solent have a Sikorsky and now have one or two smaller Agustas?
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Didn't Lee on Solent have a Sikorsky and now have one or two smaller Agustas?
Both Lee (IJ) and Portland (WB) run the Augusta, Great little aircraft but just that Little, nothing like the seaking!! Things however will change when the new contract comes into force.
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We have just had South Today news tell us it is anticipated 500 jobs will go and 18 stations down to 9 and only three of them are going to be 24hrs a day.

I guess volunteer groups could be busier and needing more money to run
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I can remember the cries of horror within the Solent SAR community when there was talk of the RN SAR flight based at Lee on the Solent being contracted out to a civilian company.

Truth is the alternative, (Bristows) crewed predominantly by ex servicemen, provided a world class service. Bristows operated very effectively under contract to the Coastguard. The service provided was better than that offered by the ageing Wessex helicopters.

More recently the contract has been taken over by CHC and they too have continued to provide a world class service.

More concerning is the likely closures of the Maritime Rescue Co-ordinating Centres and Sub Rescue Centres. Centres such as the one here at Lee on the Solent are often stretched to their limits during the busier periods.

With Fire, Police and Ambulance all taking a hit I guess it was only a matter of time before the Coastguard took a hit too.



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