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Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Teams Honoured at Esteemed Awards Ceremony

October 27, 2017

HM Coastguard Search and Rescue (SAR) Helicopters SAR teams in Inverness and Humberside have been recognised by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots for their outstanding courage and devotion to duty across land and sea.

Crews at both HM Coastguard SAR bases, operated by Bristow Helicopters, received esteemed Prince Phillip Helicopter Rescue award and attended the ceremony in Guildhall, central London to receive the honour.

The helicopter crew of Rescue 912 at HM Coastguard Humberside was commended for the successful rescue of a fallen hill walker in Langdale Fell, located in the Lake District. Working closely with the Air Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC), the team utilised its extensive skills and experience to rescue the walker in extremely challenging weather conditions and safely transported the casualty to Royal Preston Major Trauma Centre for treatment.

Captain Peter McKenzie-Brown, HM Coastguard Helicopters Humberside, commented: “Recognition of the work carried out by search and rescue crews around the country is always fantastic to see. This particular call-out was one of the most challenging, given the location and harsh weather conditions. The team worked tirelessly to ensure the safe and quick return of the stranded hillwalker and we are humbled that they have been commended for their efforts.”

The crew of rescue helicopter 195 at HM Coastguard Inverness was also recognised at the ceremony, attended by around 600 industry peers. The team was acknowledged for the rescue of two climbers avalanched on Creag Meagaidh mountain, located in the Scottish Highlands.

The crew quickly recognised the potentially time critical situation of the incident and worked closely with the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team to locate the casualties. Overcoming difficult snow conditions, the team used calm and calculated decision making to rescue the pair and attend to the critical individual.

Captain Simon Tye, HM Coastguard Helicopters Inverness, commented: “We were honoured to be presented with such a prestigious award. We are only one part of the team that create the UK SAR framework and we could not have achieved this rescue without the work of the local mountain rescue teams and Police Scotland.”

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots hosts the annual trophies and awards banquet to celebrate and recognise commendable achievements in aviation and outstanding performance by individuals or organisations.

The Humberside and Inverness SAR bases have conducted a total of more than 900 SAR operations in 2017 and are home to four state-of-the-art SAR helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd crew and support team.

The bases became fully operational in 2015 when Bristow Helicopters Ltd took over delivery of helicopter SAR services throughout the UK on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

For further information please contact:
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office:
02380 329401

Bristow Helicopters Communications:
01224 211 045

About HM Coastguard
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is a frontline delivery and emergency response organisation which is an agency of the Department for Transport.

HM Coastguard (part of the MCA), provides a UK-wide maritime emergency prevention and response capability which responds to calls for help by radio, satellite or the 999 service and coordinates maritime SAR within the UK SAR region. The agency helps approximately 25,000 people each year with approximately 21,000 incidents coordinated by its rescue centres.

About Bristow Helicopters Ltd
Bristow Helicopters Ltd is the provider of helicopter search and rescue (SAR) services in the UK, on behalf of HM Coastguard, having been awarded the UK SAR contract . Bristow Helicopters has a long history of providing world class SAR services, beginning in 1971 at RAF Manston, and has flown more than 60,000 SAR operational hours in the UK and conducted over 15,000 SAR missions, during which more than 7,000 people have been rescued by Bristow crews and helicopters. For more information on Bristow’s SAR operations, please visit Helicopters Ltd. has served the offshore oil transport industry in the UK for nearly 60 years. Bristow Helicopters Ltd. is an affiliated company of Bristow Group Inc.

About Bristow Group
Bristow Group Inc. is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations. The company has major transportation operations in the North Sea, Nigeria and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Trinidad. For more information, visit the company's website at