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Privatisation will cost lives; Letters.

YOU reported on the incident where a diver was airlifted to a decompression chamber in Hull.

The incident was coordinated by Humber Coastguard who requested the attendance of the Prestwick based helicopter that now covers the area following privatisation of the UK's civilian Search and Rescue function.

The helicopter had an ETA of one hour for arrival on scene, whereas prior to privatisation, the RAF SAR helicopter from Boulmer would have attended with a response time of a few minutes.

Emergency services work on the basis of 'the golden hour', being the time from the incident to delivery of the casualty to a medical facility.

This incident indicates that in situations like this the golden hour is no longer achievable and privatisation of SAR will inevitably cost lives.

STEVE VOGEL

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2016
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