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Cornish Helicopter Crew To Carry Olympic Torch

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8:41am 12th May 2012

Pirate FM has learnt a Cornish search and rescue crew will carry the Olympic Torch to Land's End.

The flame touches down in Culdrose next week, ahead of starting its relay in Cornwall.

A helicopter manned by members of 771 squadron will fly it to Land's End.

Then they will hand it over to the first torchbearer, Cornish sailor Ben Ainslie.

Lieutenant Commander Richard Full has been chosen as the Sailor who will be carrying the lantern to the start of the Torch Relay.  

Richard said: "As an avid sportsman and a firm believer in the ethos of the Olympic Games, I am extremely proud and honoured to be invited to carry the Olympic Flame on its short journey from one of our Search and Rescuer aircraft to the starting point for London 2012.  

"This is most definitely a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity as I doubt whether I, or many of my fellow West Country men and women will see the Olympic Flame pass through their towns and villages again during their lifetimes".

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: "It is a fitting tribute to the hard work and bravery of the Search and Rescue Squadron at RNAS Culdrose that they have been chosen to carry the Olympic Flame to Land's End for the start of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. The arrival by Sea King helicopter will be the first of many alternative modes of transport which will be used to carry the Flame as it makes its 70 day journey around the UK."

8:41am 12th May 2012

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