winch operator

winch operator

[′winch ‚äp·ə‚rād·ər]
(engineering)
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A helicopter winch operator who saved the life of a climber after he fell into a deep gully on Ben Nevis was honoured last night.
Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, co-pilot Captain Mark Duffy, winchman Ciaran Smith and winch operator Paul Ormsby all died when the copter went down off the coast of Mayo in 2017.
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, 24, from Airdrie, who had gone to catch some waves off Machrihanish, Kintyre, on April 30 last year.
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.
A Coastguard spokeswoman said: "Winch operator Robert Glendinning and winchman Peter Wood had to use all their skills to rescue the four - the winchman even climbing the cliff at one point - to reach them."
As of the second year, trained Omanis will be eligible for a co-pilot position, and that of a winch operator and wiremen.
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.
And Ron Webb, who 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, warned: "Heaven forbid we get another Piper Alpha."
An ESID also protects the winch operator should the strike occur while operating the machine.