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  • NEWS | Inverness sector HM Coastguard     Her Majesty’s Coastguard

    Applecross Helipad First Emergency Landing

    HM Coast Guard AW189 helicopter from Inverness base in Scotland completed the first emergency landing at the new helipad at Applecross in the West Highlands


    Applecross Helipad First Emergency Landing

    HELP Appeal, May 19, 2021 - A lifesaving helipad in Applecross in the West Highlands, which was built in memory of Bethany Walker, has received its first landing from a HM Coastguard’s Search and Rescue Helicopter.

    The patient was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness in 34 mins – a journey which is normally two hours or more by road.

    Thanks to a £50,000 donation from the HELP Appeal and money raised from a local community fund created by Bethany’s mum Heather, which also included a donation from actor Hugh Grant, the helipad was completed in April.

    The permanent helipad enables the Scottish Air Ambulances and larger coastguard helicopters to land at any time in Applecross. Previously, they could only land in the village if the local pub car park, campsite or wild camping area were empty. Looking for a suitable place to land, delayed treatment for critically ill patients and led to fuel wastage.

    The new, permanent helipad is also able to accommodate landings around the clock, with state of art lighting being used during darkness hours.

    Inverness sector HM Coastguard AW189 helicopter

    Aircraft mentioned in this article :
    AgustaWestland AW189 G-MCGM     ( HM Coastguard )

    This article is listed in :
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    Inverness sector HM Coastguard     Her Majesty’s Coastguard
    AgustaWestland AW189 in HM Coastguard
    HELP Appeal
    SASv Scottish Ambulance Service UK Air Ambulances
    Applecross HLS
    Raigmore Hospital


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