how did it get there?
-lowered down to where the cow had become trapped with assistance from the Port Isaac Cliff Rescue Team-
Did they put the cow there in the first place?
A Cornish cow, trapped on steep cliffs near Port Isaac, was hoisted to safety recently slung beneath a Royal Navy rescue helicopter. A cow being rescued by 771 Naval Air Squadron. Credit: Crown Copyright/MoD 2011 West-country whirlybird flying cattle action. Had the naval copter not been called in by the RSPCA, the trapped …
I believe that this sort of thing is regarded as training - as the pilots need to keep certain number of flying hours a month to remain at useful skill levels and rescue operations reflect the soft of job they may have to do in the field. It is going to cost whether they rescue the cow or have to practise moving cargo
They are also adopting the responsibilities of an emergency service. Military exercises are presumably planned and budgeted. If some prat climbs a mountain in t-shirt and trainers, with a storm on the way, and breaks his leg, the RAF have to go fetch him whatever.
I am not saying someone should be left to die just because they made a stupid decision, I am just saying that rescuing them isn't necessarily free. The RAF might already have rescued as many people as they need to this month, thanks.
As for human decency, to rescue a person, yes. To rescue a cow ... depends, beef or dairy.
The RN and RAF search and rescue units exist to deal with military emergencies- plane crashes and so on. It makes sense for them to aid civvies when the crews would otherwise be doing training flights. A bit of extra live practice for the crews, civvies get help. We'd be paying the running costs of the whirlybirds anyway.
Beer, for the crew. Good job fellas.
In case that was a serious question: because it provides a much valuable training opportunity, while at the same time doing a service of benefit to the local economy. Also because not everything is about money.
How would you feel if it'd been your cow anyway... don't know if you have any of them in Tunbridge Wells.
Didn't read the article because it has Mr Page's name at the top. However, I would imagine that it goes something like, "Well done the Navy (who are much better at flying than everyone else). Obviously the RAF couldn't never do this because the Typhoon is shit."
Didn't read the comment I'm obviously replying to because it has Mr Brush's name at the side. However, I would imagine that it goes something like, "I'm an idiot with a predisposition to prejudice and xenophobia. Obviously I can't be bothered to not waste everyone else's time with my existence because I am shit."
Where's the troll icon? Eh, forget it; I'll use the flame.
good practice for collecting loads from difficult locations elsewhere in the world. i.e. Afghanistan.
I thought that was the only reason the Navy/RAF are doing Air Sea Rescue and it has not been "outsourced" - it;s such good practice for the pilots
Black (well red and grey) helicopters obviously.
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In other parts of the country the local Cave Rescue voulenteers do this for free as
(a) valuable practice
(b) goodwill with the local farmers over whose fields the cavers tramp
There was a funny tale of a call-out to recover a dead bull from a cave in Yorkshire, so that the insurance company rep could examine it to check that it was dead before paying the farmer. What the farmer neglected to tell the CRO was that the bull had been dead for two weeks! They brought out a few 'trophy' pieces (head and legs) to convince the insurance rep. much to his and their disgust.
I sincerely hope, next time you need other human beings to help you or your loved ones, that they leave you all to die and rot in the gutter where you belong, after all why should they pay to help mean-spirited shits like you? You selfish bastards. People like you are why this world is a steaming pile of shit. Look up the words "generosity", "altruism" and "humanity" sometime. They all represent something you deserve nothing of.
I have this delightful image in my head of someone like Tegne or ant 2 collapsing on a busy street with a heart attack while dozens of people stand around watching, mobile phones held high. Karma's a bitch, arsewipes.
Looking at that picture, and the comments about the RAF purchase decision, reminded me of the Latest Batman feature film, with him being flown away from a building, carrying an unwilling crime witness (to say the least). It was a cargo plane, but it could be done by any aircraft capable of pulling the load.
Good job anyways. Good dairy, er, daily practice for the pilots.
Apparently there's some who do it on a regular basis...
Extract from: http://www.swisshelicopter.ch/flights/transport/?lang=en
Transport flights: Contadino
During summer on the alps, cattle also belong to the circle of «patients» who need to be transported by helicopter. Mountain farmers receive free assistance from the air if one of their animals is injured, sick or dead. The cattle are recovered by air from remote ravines or mountain sides. Such missions are also carried out on behalf of the Rega.
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