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Life Savers


Flt Lt Dave Kenyon
Image: Ministry of Defence

On 6 October 2006 Flight Lieutenant Dave Kenyon and his crew

"were called to the rescue of a seriously-injured casualty close to the summit of Glyder Fach, a 3,262 foot (1,000m) mountain in Snowdonia. Low cloud and heavy rain permitted little visibility while 70mph winds and severe turbulence buffeted the Sea King helicopter around in the skies above the rescue site. So severe was the turbulence, that the co-pilot, Flt Lt Iain Smith, recalls seeing hailstones rise vertically within the cloud.

With little fuel remaining and two spotlights out of action, the crew picked the rescuers and casualty from the clouded peak in almost pitch darkness before Flight Lieutenants Kenyon and Smith turned their Sea King towards the safe exit from the mountainside and towards Bangor hospital."

The Vodafone Award is designed as "a celebration of human compassion and achievement". Every year a national search identifies men and women who have saved the lives of others. They are given Life Saver awards. This year Lieutenant Dave Kenyon flew in to pick up his second Life Saver as the captain of this year's winning RAF Valley crew.