Originally Posted by codprawn
The SEA King wasn't called that for nothing!!! Most coastguard work is at sea hence open spaces unless it's cliff rescue work.
What about 22 years of experience - even more important than the aircraft!!!
Looking at past rescues there were quite a few situations where they carried off loads of people at once - a Sea King is capable of taking an entire crew off in one go from most normal merchant ships - wouldn't like to be one of the poor sods left behind when they use the new ones!!!
As stated the "Sea King" monica was given before the porduct was launch, oh yeah it would have not been tried and tested as a SAR bird at that time either!!
Hey Codders are you still using candles to see by?
That electrickery stuff is all a bit odd!!!
By doing a bit of reseach I have found that the S61N is rated for 4 crew and 19 passengers.
The new chopper is rated for 4 and 15.
Whilst you can get 35 in a S61N that would still not be the full crew for a large merchant ship.
All that will happen is that more choppers and boats will be sent depending on the nature of the problem.
The HMGC know what they are doing.
We should not dismiss stuff just cos its new.
Hell we would still be living in caves!!
Mind I have heard that SOME in Wales still do