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Published: March 1, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crews in RAF helicopter rescue exercise

Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crews took part in a training session with an RAF helicopter from Chivenor in Devon on Saturday (February 28th).

Both Burnham lifeboats launched at 10am for the trip along the Bristol Channel coast towards Minehead, where the exercise took place.

A Minehead lifeboat crew was also involved in the hour-long session, when the crews rehearsed transferring a casualty between lifeboats and the RAF helicopter, as pictured here.

Burnham RNLI spokesman Mike Lang told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This was an important training exercise, both for the RNLI volunteers and the RAF aircrew."

"A helicopter casualty transfer at sea could mean the difference between life or death for a seriously injured person."

It comes a few days after a separate helicopter exercise was performed on the mudflats besides Brean Down with Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards.

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