Transport Minister Gives Reassurance Over Medical Evacuations From Scilly
The Minister for Transport has given her reassurance that medical evacuations from Scilly will not be affected when a private contractor takes over search and rescue operations in 2017.
Baroness Kramer was responding in the House of Lords on Monday to a written question from Lord Berkeley.
The Labour peer is a member of the transport action group FRIST and he regularly visits the islands
The Baroness said Bristow Helicopters, the company that will operate the new UK search and rescue service, will continue to provide cover for emergency evacuations from the islands.
These will be to the same standard as the military provides today.
The service will use newer Sikorsky S92 aircraft, operating from Newquay, instead of Culdrose.
Baroness Kramer said the S92s are some of the most modern search and rescue helicopters available, and can fly further and faster than the current Royal Navy Sea Kings.