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Saturday 16 December 2017

Kilmore Quay Coastguard in rescue exercise

By Maria Pepper

A Coastguard member being winched onto the aircraft.
A Coastguard member being winched onto the aircraft.
The crew of Rescue R117 with Kilmore Quay Coastguard.

The Waterford-based helicopter Rescue R117 arrived in Kilmore Quay for a training exercise with the Coastguard crew.

The Coastguard aircraft landed at Kilmore United football pitch and shut down for a full briefing with the local volunteer unit.

Officer-In-Charge Paul Cahill made a presentation to the crew on behalf of Kilmore Quay Coastguard before the aircraft went through various rescue scenarios including live stretcher evacuation from the helicopter, winching to the aircraft using the high line technique, preparing a landing zone and radio communications.'Training with the helicopter is an important part of our training as the volunteer Coastguard ', said Paul. 'It'a important that team members are competent working around a live aircraft and familiar with being winched and using a high line. We also regularly train with other agencies including the RNLI and Order Of Malta and also our neighbouring Coastguard Teams. We operate on a 24/7 call out basis every day of the year'.

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