Posted: Tue 21st Nov 2017

Flint Coastguard Rescue Team called out to rescue passengers from a sinking plane – in River Mersey exercise

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017

Members of Flint Coastguard Rescue Team sprung into action this morning to rescue 10 people on board a sinking plane in the River Mersey.

The rescue though was part of a large scale training exercise coordinated by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The exercise named ‘Neptune 2’ put emergency services through their paces with a simulated air crash in the Mersey after a pilot is taken ill while on the approach to Liverpool’s John Lennon airport. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

[miptheme_quote author=”Danny Jamson, senior coastal operations officer for HM Coastguard (the search and rescue arm of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency)” style=”text-left”]We’re training for the day we hope will never come but we need to make sure that if the worst happens, we can operate search and rescue in a way that will increase the chances of saving lives in an emergency.[/miptheme_quote] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Emergency services from HM Coastguard Flint and Crosby along with Merseyside Fire & Rescue service, Liverpool Airport Rescue and Firefighting Service, North West Ambulance Service and the RNLI all were quickly sent in response in a race to rescue the ten people on board. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

HM Coastguard Flint

Caernarfon based HM Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter was involved in a winching exercise from a Royal Navy ship. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The aim of the exercise was to look at how each organisation responds, how they work together and what lessons can be learned. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Team Leader Marine, Ian Kay, from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said:

This is an incident we hope we’ll never see – but we must prepare for different kinds of emergencies. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

‘The best way to test our response is to run a training exercise from which we can learn. By taking part in this exercise, we can build experience and gather knowledge which could be put to effective use in a real emergency response. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

‘This prepares Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service as an agency while giving us the opportunity to work alongside partners, developing constructive ways of working together. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

‘Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service plays an integral role in this type of incident because of our ability to provide an immediate specialist response. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Our Marine Rescue Unit, Search and Rescue Team and Fire Crews provide 24/7 cover to incidents both on the river and on land.’ ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

HM Coastguard Flint

Neil Gyllenship, Fire Service Manager for Liverpool John Lennon Airport said:

‘Unlike most other UK airports, Liverpool has the advantage of being located adjacent to a wide estuary which helps to minimise the environmental and noise impacts of an airport on local communities, however this can also bring challenges in the event of an emergency situation. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

‘A river response is already incorporated into all our emergency procedures but an exercise like this is invaluable in testing and improving upon those plans in place.’ ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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