Originally Posted by indaba1991
Do the RNLI need the Jayhawk Helicopters one wonders?
They still use lifeboats here at our local fire department level. They are generally the folks bringing in swimmers and such.
300 miles off Virginia, that is exclusively helo territory, ditto 99% of Alaskan waters. The distances are just too great. Unfortunately the Jayhawks are $17 million US each. The Dolphin, with a 150 mile range (vs 300 miles for a Jayhawk) is still $3.2 million US each. That doesn't even count training and annual operational costs.
You gotta seize a lot of drugs on the non-rescue days to justify those kinds of costs (well justify to some people at least)