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Lifeboat Chopper and Audience

Lifeboat Chopper and Audience, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Monday night is our local Lifeboat's practice night, they have great fun zooming up and down the Firth.

Here the the RAF got to play as well. The vessel is the RNLB Douglas Aikman Smith, and the chopper is a Sea King HAR3A from Lossiemouth.

Watching this, and photographing it on a pleasant spring evening last year, its hard to remember that this practice is for when they have to do this on a vicious night with no visibility, fifty foot waves and bitter bitter cold.

Its worth remembering this on the 40th Anniversary of the Longhope Lifeboat Disaster , when eight men lost their lives going to the aid of a stricken vessel in Pentland Firth.

Do you remember seeing the lifeboat as we were going North to Coldbackie? It was parked on the lookout over the Struie being taken South for the investigation. A memory that is still with me.

Awesome shot!!

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