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12 September 2010

 

GERMAN DIVERS RESCUED FROM ROUGH SEAS

Earlier this morning, five German divers were rescued by an Armed Forces of Malta AUSTAL-class inshore patrol boat (IPB), whilst they were sports diving in the area of ‘’it-Tieqa’’, limits of Dwejra in Gozo.

Police Headquarters alerted the AFM’s Operations’ centre at Luqa Barracks at 11:05 hrs, requesting assistance in the recovery of the five divers who could not make it to shore safely given the force 3 to 4 North to Northwest bad weather blowing in the area at the time.

The AFM Air Wing were immediately alerted to scramble an Alouette rescue-helicopter into the air, as the Maritime Squadron’s IPB, “P-22 “, proceeded at speed to the area.

With local weather conditions found to have the increased strength of force 4 to 5, backing West to Northwest, P-22’s crew successfully managed to take the five German divers onboard and disembark them safely in Mgarr harbour, Gozo.

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11 September 2010

 

STRANDED TOURIST RESCUED IN ROUGH SEAS BY HELICOPTER

Late yesterday afternoon, an Irish tourist residing in Bugibba and who found himself stranded on a rocky outcrop of land between the bays of Gnejna and Ghajn Tuffieha, was rescued by an Armed Forces of Malta Alouette helicopter, as a previously dispatched patrolboat could not carry out the rescue given the rough seas in the area at the time.

The AFM’s Operations Centre at Luqa Barracks was alerted by Police Headquarters at about 17.05 hrs that Mr. David Rea of 32-years, whilst in the company of another tourist, had found himself stranded on a rocky stretch of coastline that lies between two west-coast bays. The Maritime Squadron’s Austal-class inshore patrolboat P-23 was immediately dispatched to the area, but was unable to make an adequate safe approach to the tourist’s precise location for it to launch its dinghy, because of the rough seas crashing on the coastline.

Subsequently, the AFM’s Air Wing scrambled into the air one of its Alouette rescue-helicopters and successfully managed to winch-hoist up Mr. Rea, who was safely landed on Gnejna Bay’s beach unscathed.

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05 September 2010

 

MEDICALLY EVACUATED BY RESCUE HELICOPTER

Today’s operations by the Armed Forces of Malta’s Air Wing has been
characterised by a series of medical evacuations from different
scenarios, one tragic that occurred in Gozo.

Late in the afternoon, the Civil Protection Department (CPD) were alerted
by the Red Cross station on Comino that a 17-year old foreign girl had
sustained a spinal injury, and required urgent medical evacuation to
hospital by helicopter. The girl, Lorena Letizzja from Croatia, injured
herself whilst diving off some rocks into the sea. She was airlifted by an
AFM Alouette rescue-helicopter to Mater Dei Hospital for urgent medical
treatment.

This evening, two casualties from the Gharb fireworks explosion were
brought separately to Malta by the AFM Air Wing’s helicopter, to be further
treated for their serious injuries. AFM technicians from the Explosives
Ordnance Disposal of 3 Regiment were earlier conveyed urgently by
helicopter on site of the explosion to render the area safe, assist in the
search of missing individuals, and in the ongoing investigations as to the
cause of the tragic deflagration.

A search is still underway on site for one remaining individual.

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03 September 2010

 

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER RESCUED FROM ROUGH SEAS

An amateur photographer was earlier this afternoon rescued from the rough seas, from a location some 100 metres off the coast of Wieq ix-Xaqqa, limits of Zurrieq.

Birzebbugia resident 32-year old Paul Busuttil was observed at around 14.51hrs in difficulty in the sea by a passer-by, who reported the occurrence to the Birzebbugia Police Station.

The Armed Forces of Malta’s Operations Centre at Luqa Barracks immediately mobilised within three minutes its air and sea assets into action, given the strong North-West wind blowing in the area at the time, which was coupled by South-easterly rough seas as well.

As the AFM Maritime Squadron’s rescue-launch Melita-2 ploughed its way at speed against the strong waves towards the person in distress, the AFM air Wing also scrambled into the air an Alouette rescue-helicopter that was soon over Mr. Busuttil’s location.

Two AFM rescue-swimmers and a life-raft were deployed into the sea, till the arrival on scene at 15.21hrs of the Melita-2 rescue-launch. Given that Mr. Busuttil weighed around 180 kilos, and given the inclement weather the Air Wing rescue-swimmers and the rescue-launch’s crew had to operate under, it was decided to tow the rescuers and the casualty to safety on the deployed lift raft instead.

The life raft was towed to the Malta Freeport at 1641hrs, where an ambulance was waiting to take the rescued amateur-photographer to Mater Dei hospital.

Photo Credit: Charlot Micallef - AFM Maritime Squadron SAR-Crew
Mr. Busuttil being helped by AFM rescuers onto the Freeport’s quayside on arrival in Birzebbugia

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