Pres­ti­gious award for heroic air res­cue team

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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