On April 11-12, two Belgian helicopters namely RN 05 and RN 02 approached our tanker vessel while she’s anchored at Westhinder, Netherlands. Specially designed for civilian Search and Rescue (SAR) missions, the sophisticated helicopters carried-out a drill which includes, among others, establishment of good communication through VHF and sending off two of their highly trained personnel from air by hoist lines and eventually, retrieving them after making a single turn around the vessel.
Just like what adventure packed movies The Guardian and The Finest Hours depict, the conduct of coordinated maritime and aeronautical SAR exercise is undoubtedly beneficial to all parties involved. For our side, we become more confident that whenever a need for search and rescue of someone who is on distress or imminent danger arises, we have had the best helicopter hosting experience to apply.
We, the Filipino crew on board, are proud of our vessel’s rescue helicopter friendly environment and would always be safely sensible to work hand-in-hand with our delegated guardians at sea.
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