Coastguard team captain Andy Pilliner, co-pilot Frans Porrenga, winch operator
Rob Seall and winchman paramedic Duncan Tripp had spent more than a day searching for Matthew, who had gone to catch some waves off Machrihanish, Kintyre, at 11am on April 30 last year.
The bodies of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Mark Duffy were recovered but winch operator
Paul Ormsby and winch man Ciaran Smith remain lost.
The winch operator
died alongside his fellow crew members Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy and Paul Ormsby after their helicopter crashed off the coast of Mayo on March 13.
The RCWT is a representative cabin of the Maritime Advanced Rotary Training Aircraft and will support all aspects of Winch Operator
As of the second year, trained Omanis will be eligible for a co-pilot position, and that of a winch operator
Ron Webb clocked up a staggering 10,500 flying hours and 950 missions in over 30 years as a radar and winch operator
in the search and rescue helicopters.
The winch operator
got a Queen's Commendation for bravery and the pilot and the winchman the Air Force Cross.
An ESID also protects the winch operator
should the strike occur while operating the machine.
A shielded cable is embedded within the wire rope center to enable hard-wired communication and transmission of safety signals between the workers in the rescue cage and the winch operator
He said that he has a duty of care for the crew, for the casualty in many cases as well, so he has to think very carefully and overall he has just three other people - a winchman and paramedic, co-pilot and winch operator
-whom he can rely on for his decision making.
Each winch operator
is required to manually guide the retrieved cable evenly onto the drum with a pivoting lever.
I was completely reliant on my team, especially the captain and the winch operator
because they have to get me safely into position.