St Athan Report A – 26 Feb 96 04/96


This document resurfaced from amongst the many documents in the joint MRS/MRA archive that was commercially scanned to pdf in 2021. It was then converted to MS Word by Jimmy Cumming


 MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
ST ATHAN


RAF MOUNTAIN  RESCUE SERVICE – MRS REPORT ‘A’

Report A Serial N°:          STA/O4/96                         Date of Incident: 26 FEB 96        
Referring to Form R: 077                                            DTG: 27 1130 FEB 96                    
Persons Assisted: 0                                       Total this year:59
Nature of Incident: ASSIST IN RECOVERY OF AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE           
Incident Area: TAUNTON, SOMERSET                    
Times:                  Alerted: 1100    
                              Deployed: 1140
                              On Scene: 1400
                              Off Task: 1800  
Personnel on Task: 2                     of Current Team Strength: 19                    Total Man Hours: 14         
Total Vehicle Miles                        LGV: 0                  Land Rover: 258              
Other SAR Forces Involved: NIL               
Narrative:
The RAF Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Flight (AR & TF) requested the assistance of St Athan MRT, through ARCC Plymouth, in the recovery of wreckage from a Sea Harrier which had crashed during the previous week. The aircraft had removed a large access cover to a freshwater collection drain and many small pieces of wreckage could be seen at the foot of the 40 feet deep hole. The Team Leader selected two MRT personnel, Cpl Dunn and Cpl Clough, known for their particular skills in rope access work, and they were dispatched to the scene in a Land Rover On arrival at the crash site good anchors were in abundance, and the belay was soon erected. Cpl Dunn was lowered by Cpl Clough into the drain and some 30 pieces of small aircraft wreckage were recovered. Cpl Dunn was also requested to retrieve a sample of the water for contamination tests and on completion of the task, was brought safely to the surface by Cpl Clough. The MRT personnel were then stood down from the task at 1600 and returned to RAF St Athan by 1800 hours
Date: 27 February 1996               
J Smith
Cpl
MRT



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