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.”