Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats on exercise with RAF Sea King helicopter 131 from RAF BoulmerAS the end of UK military Search and Rescue helicopters comes closer, it’s not over yet and our volunteers and the RAF crews still need to train together to ensure that real rescues go without a hitch.

On Sunday 16th August we met ‘Sierra 131’ from A Flight 202 Squadron RAF, based at RAF Boulmer, a mile off Tynemouth in perfect conditions.

The first part of the exercise involved the RAF winchman being lowered to the all weather lifeboat, then volunteer crew member Daniel Howe was winched up to the helicopter and back down. The helicopter then recovered their winchman and went on to repeat the exercise with the D class inshore lifeboat, with crew member Chris Reay being winched onto the helicopter and back again. Once the exercise was over the lifeboat and helicopter crews were treated to a pod of around 20 dolphins leaping through the water.

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