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Busiest Summer Weekend for Rescue Crews

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 4th August 2012

It has been a record start to the summer holidays for Cornish search and rescue crews.

Helicopters from RNAS Culdrose were called out six times last weekend, their busiest of the year so far.

That included winching a four year old boy who had fallen onto rocks on Whitsand Bay.

Lieutenant Commander and Senior Pilot Adam Jones is from 771 squadron. He said: "When the call comes through, you're going to do the job for a real person, for a real event, so it's not training, it's a live operation at that point there. The adrenaline gets flowing, your heart rate increases, and once you get there, and see the good you're doing, it's nice to be a force for good.

"As an aircraft Commander, or as part of the crew, you want your crew to be safe as well, and you can't control how people are going to react when you get down to them as well, so there's always that unkown factor about what's going to happen when you get to the bottom of the winch and get down on the scene and see what's happened. It might not be what you were expecting when you arrive."

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