RAF rescue helicopter is tourist sight

RAF SAR Seaking in Regents Park''''''RAF HELICOPTER CREW IN LIFE SAVING MISSION TO GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL''''A Royal Air Force helicopter crew battled through fog to transfer a seriously ill child from Norfolk to London's Great Ormond Street children's hospital.''''Rescue 125, a search and rescue Sea King helicopter based at Wattisham in Suffolk, was scrambled last night (22 May 12) to carry a 3 year old boy with heart failure from Great Yarmouth's James Paget Hospital to Great Ormond Street. Despite increasingly foggy weather in East Anglia, the crew were able to pick up the boy and transport him to a helicopter landing site in Regent's Park used for the London hospital.''''However, with fog now preventing a return to base and having used all their fuel reserves, it was decided that it was safer to remain in London. The unusual parking arrangement meant Londoners on their way to work through the park this morning were greeted by the sight of a 22 metre long yellow helicopter.''''Wing Commander 'Harry'
RAF SAR Seaking in Regents Park''''''RAF HELICOPTER CREW IN LIFE SAVING MISSION TO GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL''''A Royal Air Force helicopter crew battled through fog to transfer a seriously ill child from Norfolk to London's Great Ormond Street children's hospital.''''Rescue 125, a search and rescue Sea King helicopter based at Wattisham in Suffolk, was scrambled last night (22 May 12) to carry a 3 year old boy with heart failure from Great Yarmouth's James Paget Hospital to Great Ormond Street. Despite increasingly foggy weather in East Anglia, the crew were able to pick up the boy and transport him to a helicopter landing site in Regent's Park used for the London hospital.''''However, with fog now preventing a return to base and having used all their fuel reserves, it was decided that it was safer to remain in London. The unusual parking arrangement meant Londoners on their way to work through the park this morning were greeted by the sight of a 22 metre long yellow helicopter.''''Wing Commander 'Harry'
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A MERCY flight from foggy East Anglia turned a Wattisham rescue helicopter into a London tourist attraction.

The Sea King from the RAF’s 22 Sq was scrambled last Tuesday night to airlift a three-year-old boy with heart failure from Great Yarmouth’s James Paget Hospital to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Cautious flying in thick fog used their fuel reserves and aircraft commander Flt Lt John Rowe explained: “The main point was to get the young lad to medical care. Wattisham was fogged in and we didn’t have enough fuel if we needed to divert, so we elected to set down in Regent’s Park.”

The park is a designated landing site for medical transfers, but the helicopters do not usually stay long enough to become the tourist attraction ‘Rescue 125’ became to Londoners on their way to work.

Wing Commander ‘Harry’ Palmer, Chief of Staff for the Search and Rescue Force, said: “The crew used all their training and skill to get this boy to emergency specialist treatment against really challenging weather.”