The BBC has obtained dramatic footage of a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter, that successfully airlifted a broken down RAF Sea King helicopter in Snowdonia, in North Wales on Sunday.
The Sea King helicopter was on its way to help a man suffering from liver damage, which was received from a fall on Saturday, but had to land at Nant Peris near Llanberis because of technical problems. The standby aircraft was deployed and reached the man in time, and flew him to Ysbyty Gwynedd where he was treated for his injuries.
Local resident Jenny Parry told the Daily Post about the event: “I was in my kitchen and I heard a loud noise from above. I went outside and couldn’t believe what I saw.
“It really didn’t look safe, the blades had been removed from the smaller helicopter and were being lifted by the black one – it looked like the cable could have snapped at any time.”
“The Sea King just seemed to be dangling there as it traveled sideways against the wind – it really was a scary sight.”
The RAF’s Flight Lieutenant Giles Ratcliffe described it as “a fairly simple pickup… Rescue 122 was scrambled to assist an injured walker on Snowdonia…
During the rescue the crew had to make an unscheduled landing due to a technical problem. The second standby helicopter from Valley was then scrambled and, together with Llanberis MRT, completed the rescue.”