Bravery award for chopper winchman’s heroic rescue

RAF winchman Sgt Greig Allan, based at Wattisham, has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery''MOD/Crown Copyright
RAF winchman Sgt Greig Allan, based at Wattisham, has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery''MOD/Crown Copyright

An RAF rescue helicopter winchman at Wattisham has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Sgt Greig Allan was on a 22sq Sea King scrambled to a yacht in difficulty near Dover on January 3. 2012. In low cloud and rain with winds gusting over 50mph and cliffs causing turbulence, he was lowered to the pitching yacht.

Sgt Allen said: “I found one casualty with a suspected broken jaw and ribs. What I wasn’t expecting was to find three other people who were so seasick they couldn’t function.”

His citation reads: “Sgt Allan remained on the yacht until all personnel requiring evacuation were recovered to the aircraft, putting the needs of the casualties before his own safety. Despite his relative inexperience in the role Sgt Allan remained calm, displaying great courage and determination to affect a challenging rescue.”