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Culdrose search and rescue crews help train Cornwall's lifeguards
7:00am Sunday 22nd June 2014 in News
A search and rescue team from RNAS Culdrose will be training RNLI lifeguards across Cornwall ahead of the busy summer season.
Cornwall has more than 400 beaches that stretch over 250 miles of coastline, ranging from secluded, barely accessible rocky coves to huge expanses of golden sands bordering the Atlantic.
In what is the 75th anniversary of the commission of 771 Naval Air Squadron, the red and grey Sea King Mk 5 helicopters will visit six beaches between June 24 and July 5, including Gwithian, Perranporth and Poldhu Cove.
The RNLI Lifeguards from the beaches will receive special briefs from the aircrew about preparing and setting up landing sites for the search and rescue Sea Kings.
They will also be talking with the lifeguards about rescue techniques and the medical support that the crews will use throughout the summer across Cornish beaches.
Lieutenant “Teddy” Thurston, deputy search and rescue officer of 771 Squadron, said: “It’s always a delight to work with the Cornish RNLI Lifeguards and the visits ensure we all fully understand each other’s capabilities and skills “These briefings will not only refresh the knowledge of the lifeguards but offer a practical demonstration of the aircraft capabilities. They provide benefit to everyone who needs our help.”
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