united kingdom Boscastle Flood Disaster

Boscastle / Kastel Botrel


Intense local rainfall following a week of continuous rain, led to the River Valency bursting its banks and funnelling down the village main street, carrying trees, cars and other debris in its wake.

771 NAS Rescue 193 was first on scene and quickly declared a Major Incident, launching further SAR assets from RNAS Culdrose and RMB Chivenor (22 Sq A Flt). These were on the scene within 40 minutes and 100 people were rescued; Cornwall Air Ambulance was also present and was joined by a Sea King from RAF St Mawgan and an S-61 from Portland. Although infrastructure and property damage was extensive, there was no loss of life.


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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    16aug04 UK Portland District HM Coastguard S-61 H-3
    16aug04 UK 22 Squadron Royal Air Force Sea King
    16aug04 UK 203(R) Squadron Royal Air Force Sea King
    16aug04 UK 771 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Sea King
    16aug04 UK Cornwall Air Ambulance UK Air Ambulances EC135
Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

Individual helicopters

Model IDs
Westland Sea King HAS.1 XV651     XV673    
Westland Sea King HAR.3A ZH542    


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