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By Jay O'Donnell

ISBN-10: 0141943211

ISBN-13: 9780141943213

'The sky had long past: instead used to be a wall of water, white horses at the best, readying itself to fall on me.'

What form of guy throws himself out of a helicopter in a storm?
Or dangles by means of a thread over mountainous waves?
Or moves a panicking sailor to save lots of his life?

Aircrewman Jay O'Donnell, a former Royal army seek and Rescue diver, has obvious - and lived - all of it. Scrambled at a moment's detect, in all weathers - yet frequently the worst - he and the group of Sea King Rescue 194 have braved probably the most scary storms ever to lash the UK.

In this gripping account, O'Donnell describes the combo of bravery and terror that incorporates each name. He explains the rigours of teaching; tells of grisly initiatives like fishing our bodies out the ocean; conveys the horror of being winched eighty toes in a hurricane whereas clutching a squirming child, or being dragged via freezing waters on a free line.

Culminating within the superb, hair-raising rescue of 26 workforce from the MSC Napoli catastrophe in Cornwall, January 2007 - the place O'Donnell was once adorned for his braveness and refusal to renounce in appalling stipulations - Rescue 194 is an unforgettable tribute to the Royal Navy's seek and rescue crews.

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However, ever since I was a boy I’d known I wanted to join the Royal Navy, and I had always had an interest in helicopters – but I never thought I’d end up flying in them. My training had set me up as an engineer, and I’d started out working on the cabs before I ever got a chance to fly in one of them. Growing up in the West Country, I’d joined the Sea Scouts and then, at the age of thirteen, the Sea Cadets. I loved sailing and a chap in our village used to take me out regularly in his boat. It was thanks to him I had my first taste of life in the service – he arranged for a small group of us from the Sea Cadets to spend the day out in HMS Onyx, one of the Navy’s submarines.

I’m Navy, I’m a WAFU – Weapons and Fuel User, the term used for anyone in the naval aviation world, although we like to explain it stands for Women Always Fancy Us: it distinguishes us from the Fish-Heads or Cod-Gobs or Skates or whatever other name the general sailor was called. They generally get really upset about us, as they never see the WAFUs doing much, just trawling about the deck, doing a bit of sunbathing, cruising past the supermarket on the aircraft carrier’s five deck, smoothing in on all the women.

In 1974 the squadron was subdivided into 772 Squadron at Portland and 771 Squadron at RNAS Culdrose, where it continued its role as a training squadron, with a dedicated SAR flight. Five years later 771’s SAR flight was upgraded with the change to Wessex Mk 5 aircraft. Since the late 1980s 771 has flown Westland Sea Kings, a variation, built under licence, of the US Sikorsky S-61 helicopter. The range the new helicopter gave 771 meant that its operational area covered the whole of Devon and Cornwall and the surrounding sea, the Isles of Scilly, the Western Channel and up to 200 nautical miles from the coast.

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