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'Helicopter baby' meets crew who delivered him

'Helicopter baby' meets crew who delivered him

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:44pm 20th August 2019.

Photo: HM Coastguard

A baby who was born onboard a Cornish search and rescue helicopter has visited the crew who delivered him.

Mum Alicia was being flown from the Isles of Scilly to the mainland when little Torran arrived.

She had gone into labour two weeks earlier than expected while officiating at a friend’s wedding.

With no available midwife on the islands, HM Coastguard picked up midwife Linda Benson from Treliske, and flew to the Scillies to collect the family and rush them by helicopter to the mainland.

Torran was safely delivered 1,400ft in the air over Penzance just before 9pm on the 18th August in 2018.

He is now a year old and has visited the team at the helicopter base in Newquay.

Proud parents Alicia and Sandy MacDonald and big sister Fearne all celebrated his first birthday with the people who helped welcome him into the world.

"Torran obviously didn’t want to wait and he made his entrance to the world on board the helicopter. 

"We were safe and well and everyone was absolutely amazing but it was all a bit of a rush. 

"So we wanted to mark Torran’s first birthday in a memorable way and what better than to visit the base and say a proper thanks to the fantastic Coastguard teams, midwife Linda and everyone involved. 

"They’ll always be an important part of our family."

Mum, Alicia

"This really was a rescue of the very best kind and we were delighted to help welcome Torran. 

"It definitely gave all our helicopter teams and everyone at HM Coastguard a big lift! 

"We’ve kept in touch with Alicia and Sandy and we’re absolutely delighted they wanted to come back and see us all. 

"While we don’t expect to get thanks for our 24/7 coastal search and rescue work, it’s really lovely when we do. So we’re all celebrating Torran’s first birthday with special tea and cake."

Captain Mark Coupland, Deputy SAR (Search and Rescue) Flight Operations Manager and Chief Pilot for the Newquay Coastguard helicopter

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