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Former RAF SAR Winchman To Receive Medal For Himalayan Rescues.

Former RAF SAR Winchman To Receive Medal For Himalayan Rescues.

Former RAF Search and Rescue winchman, Squadron Leader Glenn Holmes spoke about his Himalayan rescues to Squadron Leader Dave Webster which will see him honoured by the award of the Royal Humane Society’s Silver Medal in May. “I was on a para-gliding holiday in the Himalayas when these accidents occurred,” said Glenn speaking during a break from his globe-trotting job as a civilian SAR winchman. “I was at Dharmsala last October on holiday when the para-glider crashed and whilst everyone knew what had happened, no one was taking any action to assist him, so I came up with a plan based on everything I had learned during my 27 years with the RAF SAR Force. I carried out a quick dynamic risk assessment and discussed this with the Jetranger medivac helicopter pilot. He was an Indian pilot who told me the Bell 407 Jetranger was not winch equipped, he had no SAR helicopter experi...

Full article: http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/archive/former-raf-sar-winchma...

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