It didn't end there either. It took us several hours to get the helicopter back in the hangar before we managed to get some sleep as we were now on duty properly. That afternoon we rescued the other Sea King from its cabbage patch. Over the next few days we searched the Channel at night for almost eight hours for survivors of an ore carrier that had capsized in yet another Force 10, picked up four yacht survivors off a merchant ship and then finally flew to Bantry Bay in southern Ireland where a 25,000 ton tanker had literally blown up taking twenty five crew with her. All in all an interesting few days.
The snowy airfield the next day - the Wessex helicopter didn't have the night capability that we did in the Sea King
All three 814 SAR crews - I'm the good looking one second left. Our new illustrious Police Commissioner is third right.