/ Rescue in SCNL this morning
Best of luck to whatever poor sod got pulled off, would've been horrible up there last night.
Cheers for that Alan, must've been the heli picking up and dropping off the MRT team members I witnessed then. Always nice when people can walk away.
As ever respect to those that dedicate the time and effort involved.
Seconded, was up on the Aoanach Eagach today and had 2 hours of BRUTAL winds + spindrift from 12:30 onwards.
Hats off to them, and god help the rest of us when thoes arseholes down in Westminster take them away, well seeing none of those greedy,theiving bloated bar stewards get their fat lazy arses up into the hills...
Nice one. Those folk in Westminster are committed to provide a Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR_H) service under current legislation.
Take them away - the only reason we have such a service a the moment is due to the considerable experience of RN and RAF crews flying an outdated aircraft. It will be a sad day when we don't see the Sea King over the Scottish hills but a replacement is needed.
Personally i don't find such invective or sweeping generalisations useful or constructive. Once upon a distant time I was an Air Engineer in the Royal Navy and even then we knew the time would come for a new airframe/system of SAR coverage. AFAIK (and I stand to be corrected) don't believe there has ever been a suggestion of removing all SAR cover? You or i may not agree with proposed changes but there are mechanisms for trying to put pressure on or inform the decision makers rather than just slagging them off. Some of those listed above may even be trying to do something useful.
Shame to spoil a good thread with an ill-informed rant - some of those arseholes are climbers/mountaineers/hill walkers. At least one MP died in the hills.
Not the best conditions to be out and hopefully all is well. I'm hoping another savage thaw doesn't come in again as it's good conditions for building into February.
Just to clarify, when I said I take my hats off to them I was also including the RAF & RN crews who frequently go above and beyond in order to save people.
I also fully agree that the Sea King is an old/obsolete airframe and does need replaced, however I disagree with a private company doing it as it will presumably be profit led and will have to manage with a much more stringent H&S approach, ie. No flying in the kind of weather I witnessed today. People will die due to these changes, and local MRT's will be stretched yet further, however you look at it it doesn't bode well.
I still stand by my other comment RE: The arseholes, though there are a few good ones but too many are able to shamelessly screw the system and the taxpayer for their own ends.
Maybe somewhere else.
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