Grounded helicopter ready for lift-off

Aircraft engineers from RAF Boulmer have been busy since Sunday investigating what caused one of their Sea King helicopters to make an emergency landing in a field.

Aircraft engineers from RAF Boulmer have been busy since Sunday investigating what caused one of their Sea King helicopters to make an emergency landing in a field.

Work has been carried out this week to repair the craft and it is hoped that the aircraft will return to Boulmer today.

Wing Commander Warren `Bunny' James, the Officer Commanding Number 202 Squadron at RAF Boulmer, has expressed his thanks to the local community who have provided excellent support to the personnel at the site in Marske, on Teesside. He also wanted to reassure the region that the search and rescue support provided by RAF Boulmer has not been affected during this period. Boulmer's second helicopter retains the usual immediate standby service, having taken over as soon as the incident with the first craft was reported.

The Royal Air Force provides a year-round, 24/7 day and night, overwater and overland search-and-rescue service, with qualified paramedics, from six bases around the UK, with the Royal Navy manning a further two bases. This free service in the North-East continues as normal.

Should Boulmer not be able to provide an aircraft to a relevant incident - such as being deployed on another rescue - the service would be provided by the UK Air Rescue and Coordination Centre at Kinloss, Scotland, which will send other helicopters to an incident.

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