Royal Air Force, HS.801 Nimrod
AF RESCUE 95827 47.04n 24.16w 17:00 F210, 48.00n 20w 17:39, presently at 500', routing back via 49n 15w, 50n 08w 19:05, LND/Lands End, ETB EGVG (Woodbridge) 20:30.
We only found one dinghy and search is now called off.
USAF 67ARRS, HC-130, 69-5827
[Photo: at RIAT on 23rd June 1979 © Shaun Connor]
KING 23 42n 20w 17:13 F170, 45n 17w 18:10, 48.20n 10w 19:09, 49n 08w 19:35
USAF, 67ARRS, HC-130, 69-5823
All the above were involved in the attempted rescue of 31 sailors from the Greek 12,487 ton tanker 'Victory' that broke up during a storm some 500 miles north of the Azores on 12th February 1982. Sixteen sailors were saved by a Dutch helicopter having clung to the stern of the split tanker for 33 hours. The remaining 16 sailors were lost at sea, with the body of one being removed from a life raft, in 30' seas and winds reaching 70 mph. The search was called off at 17:00 after 20 life rafts dropped by rescue aircraft were found to be empty.