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5:47pm 2nd October 2013
(Updated 5:47pm 2nd October 2013)

A baby has been born in mid-air, 200ft above Cornwall.

It happened in the back of a search and rescue helicopter from Culdrose on Tuesday night.

Barney and mum-to-be Ella McClachlan from St Martin's were being airlifted to Treliske from the Isles of Scilly, when little Marcus put in an early appearance as they headed for a makeshift landing strip at Malpas.

The weather meant they could not land at the Royal Cornwall's helipad.

The hospital had sent a midwife out with the crew to collect the woman from St Mary's and rush her back to the maternity unit.

But the crew from 771 squadron radioed Falmouth Coastguard to tell them they had gone from seven people onboard the Sea King, to eight.

Culdrose winchman Lieutenant Commander 'Chuck' Norris was among those onboard. He told Pirate FM: "With ten minutes to go the midwife said, 'I think we'd better get prepared because baby is on the way.'

"We got all the equipment ready. Mum started pushing and it all happened really, really quickly. She did really well.

"Baby arrived, probably at around two hundred feet, three miles south-east of Truro.

"We do go to the Scillies quite a lot for ladies who are pregnant and maybe having some difficulties - but to actually have the baby born in the back of the aircraft is so rare.

"Hopefully he won't be put off flying in the future."

Marcus was born four weeks early and weighed 5lbs 3oz.

Dad Barney has told Pirate FM that he is on cloud nine and will not be coming down any time soon.



Baby Marcus

5:47pm 2nd October 2013

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