The Coastguard Sikorsky S-92 which got into difficulties during the rescue. Photo: CRO

The Coastguard Sikorsky S-92 which got into difficulties during the rescue. Photo: Thomas Beresford

A rescue team had to use its skills to help stop a search and rescue helicopter and its crew rolling over after it developed a fault.

The Cave Rescue Organisation requested help from the Coastguard Sikorsky S-92 when its members were called out to a walker suffering chest pains on Ingleborough on Sunday.

The Bristow-operated, Caernarfon-based aircraft flew to a rendezvous point close to the fell in the Yorkshire Dales. A CRO spokesperson said: “The Bristow helicopter landed in the valley at an RV point to discuss the incident with CRO controllers and then attempted to take off and reach the summit of Ingleborough.

Rescuers said the aircraft was in danger of rolling over. Photo: CRO

Rescuers said the aircraft was in danger of rolling over. Photo: Thomas Beresford

“Conditions were wet and very windy, which may have caused a fault with the helicopter that then developed a strong vibration and could not take off, having to set down again. The helicopter was on sloping ground and slipped, tilting to one side.

“The crew subsequently radioed CRO for help and abandoned the aircraft which was in danger of rolling over.
“CRO brought in engineering equipment to secure the aircraft and ensured the crew was safe and well, following which the fire service arrived with heavy duty equipment.”

The rescue team made its way to the walker in poor weather conditions, with high winds, rain, limited visibility and approaching darkness.

The team spokesperson said: “CRO stabilised the casualty’s condition and undertook a surface stretcher carry along with continuing casualty care on steep ground, taking the casualty to a Land Rover for transport to a road ambulance.”

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