Here the S-61N starts it low run along the Salthill Promenade. This gives you an idea how low they were.
Have a close look at the winch. This is the first time I have seen the S-61N fitted with a dual winch. They seem to have clamped a second, spare winch onto the body of the first. This is probably required under the latest Coastguard contract which saw the Sikorskys undergo a bit of an upgrade.
I hit the wrong button on my camera for this shot and it came out in black and white! Not a great shot but you can just about see the winching practice under way. It was fairly windy and the seas were a little rough.
Perhaps someone connected with CHC can confirm the above?
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