Prestigious award for heroic air rescue team
ONE OF aviation’s most prestigious awards goes to the heroes who rescued two missing climbers from Ben Nevis earlier this year.
The Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award was presented to Lieutenant Commander Charlie Fuller of HMS Gannet, the Royal Navy’s search and rescue unit, who was flying the Sea King Mk 4 helicopter.
On January 17 the crew of HMS Gannet was called out to assist the climbers who were in a precarious position; stranded at 3,800 feet on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis.
After flying for several hours in the worst of the winter weather, with a lack of visibility and stability, the climbing enthusiasts were eventually rescued.
Central Ayrshire MSP Dr Philippa Whitford mentioned the achievement to the Scottish government, asking it to honour ‘the outstanding courage, team-work and professionalism’ of the crew.
HEROES: left to right: Lieutenant Commander Charles Fuller, Lieutenant Merion Hammond, Lieutenant Angela
Lewis and Petty Officer Aircrewman Mike Henson.