NEWS: Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat to take part in Helicasting serial with RNAS Yeovilton

On Tuesday, 25th July 2023, Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat will take part in a training exercise with RNAS Yeovilton (HMS Heron).

The exercise, known as Helicasting, is an airborne technique used by small unit, special operations forces to insert troops into a military area of operations. For training purposes, the exercise tomorrow will involve eight troops being dropped from the Merlin Helicopter into the water, where they will be recovered by the lifeboat, before being winched back into the Merlin in pairs.

The exercise is weather and condition dependant, but if you are enjoying a walk along the coast tomorrow evening, it will definitely be a rare sight to look out for!

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Sidmouth Lifeboat.

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