Cobham deliver two successful rescues
Cobham, who operate two AW139 aircraft for the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard were contacted by the Rescue Coordination Centre to rescue a patient with a broken ankle from the Christoffel Mountain in Curacao. On arrival, the crew located a party 100 meters from the top, a police officer and a fire. A high winch was performed due to turbulence by which they found a 56 year old male with a knee injury, the police officer at the scene then also informed the crew of a second casualty also on the mountain top. The crew successfully recovered the first casualty to the helicopter and then winched another time to the mountain top. The AW139 returned to HATO with the first casualty whilst the winchman stayed on-site to assess the second casualty; a 36 year old male who had slid 15 meters down with a suspected fracture of the tibia. Firefighters, also at the scene were tasked with carrying the second casualty down, however due to the challenging weather were unable to do so. The crew returned and placed the injured leg of the second casualty into a vacuum splint and recovered the patient by a 170ft winch to the aircraft. Once done, returned to HATO, unloaded the patient into the crew room and waited for the ambulance to arrive.
Great efforts by all the SAR team meant that they were able to rescue not only one but two casualties safely to base.
Well done to all involved.