Whitehaven Marina praised for quick thinking emergency response during Whitehaven Airshow drama

June 29, 2015

Whitehaven Marina received high praise from organisers of the Whitehaven Airshow for their quick response to the drama that unfolded last friday evening when one of the Red Devils parachutes refused to open. A Red Devil parachutist was caught by his colleague in mid air and both landed safely in the sheltered water of Whitehaven Marina in front of a crowd of over three thousand people who all saw the drama unfold in front of their eyes.

The planned emergency procedures strictly followed by Whitehaven Marina and the Marina team’s quick thinking meant that the two parachutists were back on dry land tucking into a pie and pint within ten minutes.

Whitehaven Marina Manager, Simone Morgan said “We take the responsibility to keep our water environment safe and clean very seriously and we have many varied events throughout the calendar year for which we practice our emergency procedures. Its good to reassure members of the public and our customers that our planned procedures work and the marina safety boats respond rapidly.

Whitehaven Airshow organisers said:- ”One team member caught his team-mate and brought him into Queens Dock. Our safety procedures worked perfectly and a huge thank you to Whitehaven Marina for getting them out of the water so quickly.”

The quick thinking of the Red Devils team and the marina safety boat coxswain meant that incident passed without injury to anyone.

For further details of the incident please visit: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-33209713

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