RNLI Charles Lidbury launched to help helicopter with landing gear fault
The RNLI Aith lifeboat Charles Lidbury was paged to launch by Shetland Coastguard this afternoon, Monday 29 January, at 2:28pm, to go to the aid of a S92 helicopter.
The helicopter was approaching to land at Scatsta airport in the north mainland, with 21 passengers on board, and had a landing gear fault.
After a short time however, the helicopter managed to land safely, and the lifeboat and voluntary crew were stood down at 2:50pm.
There are 238 operational lifeboat stations around the UK, with 408 lifeboats covering around 19,000 miles of coastline.
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland