Air Lift
S/Y EFAKI is a Mirage 28 built in 1977 by Thames Marine (UK) 


S/Y EFAKI is a member of the Piraeus Sailing Club (I.O.P.)


Home Up

During an inward mission for foreign journalists that the British Marine Industries Federation (now long British Marine Federation) organized in May 1999 in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight and in which I participated, among other things I was lucky to experience an Air Lift operation demonstrated by the Coastguard. This is the procedure that took place with the help of a Police patrol boat.


The helicopter is coming in the area of the "incident".


The helicopter after identifying and communicating with the vessel is approaching for the lift.


Then after the preparation of the "casualty" the helicopter flies above the vessel preparing to winch up both the victim and the rescuer. In this particular demonstration  a "victim" was not available and thus only the rescuer is to be lifted up.


The rescuer is attached to the cable and immediately after lifting him up the deck, the helicopter is moving away from the vessel in order to protect the rescuer in case of dropping but the helicopter itself so as not to hit with the rotator the mast (in case of a sailing boat). 


After completing the Air Lift the helicopter is leaving for the closest hospital. In this case and since a demonstration just comes above our boat to salute and get photographed. 

The actual photographs are brighter and that reminds me to check the settings of the scanner. In case you wish to use this photographs for a seminar or Yachting Club presentation please contact me so as to send you a full set.

Copyright Manos Koumiotis.