Newquay Coastguard helicopter flies through dense fog to complete 600th search and rescue mission

Newquay Coastguard helicopter accomplished their 600th search and rescue mission yesterday with a medevac off the Cornish coast.

At 2pm yesterday, UK Coastguard received a 999 call from a motor tanker reporting that one of their crewmen had fallen ill.

The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay was sent to a motor tanker, which was anchored 5nm west of Lizard Point, to airlift the casualty to hospital.

Captain Jörg Brunner said: ‘Due to very low cloud and fog in the area yesterday, we decided to climb to 3,000ft to avoid any obstructions on direct track to the incident. Once in the Mounts Bay area, we used our on board radar and Forward Looking Infrared systems (FLIR) to safely descend through cloud and fog and successfully located the ship.

‘Once on scene, we winched the casualty on board and flew him via Falmouth and further along the Carrick Roads to Treliske Hospital, where we hope he makes a swift recovery.’