Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by SARKING, Nov 27, 2011.
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Major SAR underway off the Welsh coast. MV Swanland.
Link: BBC News - Six missing, two rescued as ship sinks off north Wales
Sounds like a tramp steamer has broken up. I doubt the 6 missing men will be found alive.
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One 'recovered': BBC News - One crewman recovered, five missing in sinking off north Wales
Have to say, amidst the grief, I find it rather distateful that the RAF feel it necessary or feel the need to highlight the obvious fact that HRH Prince William, a SAR pilot based in the search area, has been involved in the recovery operation.
Whilst I have no gripe with the prince, the RAF publicity campaign leaves a rather sour taste.
I would suggest the moment a RAF Aircraft from Valley was used, the first question to be asked by any media outlet would be 'Was Prince William involved?'. The RAF will always be on a looser, because the fact will be leaked if they don't answer.
And why do the media ask the question? Because the Great British Public find it in their "interest", cf Leveson.
Search called off for tonight.
BBC News - Hunt for five missing crew of sunken Swanland halts
This is one aspect of SAR I have never got to grips with. We operate all weather, day/night capable helo's some with IR capability and yet searches are called off overnight!!! I can understand the ground crews, bit awkward stumbling about in the dark but the air assets!!!
Before anyone says anything, I was in the system and never understood it then either.
Only hope the dawn brings good news.
Poor RAF eh? Bless, can't win when it comes to Persec policy.
Let's hope their mangement reciprocate the charitable outlook when it comes to strategic defence planning.
Culdrose SAR was also in attendance. I can confirm that no member of royalty was flying for 771.
But everyone who ever served on 771 is God Like!!!! :angel7:
Do we simple mechanics get to take a bow then Scouse?:laughing2:
Of course all are welcome at 771 Sqd ,to sit at the table of GOD!! AKA The Aircrewman/Diver:-D
Fxxk him, they're highlighting the fact that he's working for a living. They can't say that about the others.
I wonder if he's learnt to apply his brakes once he's landed yet?
Doesn't he have a "man" to do that for him?
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