posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 12:23 PM
An RAF Nimrod is believed to have set a record for the furthest distance an aircraft of its type has been sent on a rescue mission.
The plane, based at RAF Kinloss in north east Scotland, flew 1,200 miles to a point 100 miles south east of Greenland in search of a yacht.
An emergency signal had been picked up from the 51ft Daisy, which was thought to have three people on board.
They were located safe and well by a Danish vessel on Tuesday morning.
Controllers at the Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre at RAF Kinloss believe it to have been the furthest distance a Nimrod has been deployed on
The request for the Nimrod was made by the Icelandic rescue authorities who picked up the word "Sinking" from an international distress beacon
The beacon is thought to have fallen overboard from the Dutch-registered boat.
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Congrats to the brits
.. and hopefully the rescue was sucessful