15-Sep-2013 Source: Belgian military
[electronic translation] On September 2, 2013, the Sea King RS-02 completed its 3000th scramble (emergency off) from the base of Koksijde. During this mission, an organ transport was performed to UZ Gent. This transport was allowed due to lack of means of civil transport available.
The 40th Helicopter Squadron “Search and Rescue” (40 Sqn SAR) has provided assistance to not less than 1 635 lives since 1976.80% of these interventions took place at sea during their 37 years of service, Seakings and their crews were always ready day and night. Their missions were, and still are very varied: rescue, evacuation of injured or sick on ships, using the water sports enthusiasts in distress, search for missing children, action at air accidents, evacuation of burn , … Some of these interventions were conducted at major maritime disasters such as the capsizing of the “Herald of Free Enterprise” March 6, 1987 in the port of Zeebrugge and the collision between the “Baltic Ace” and container ” Corvus J “December 5, 2012 during which several passengers and crew members were rescued. Transportation burn in the fire of Switel hotel in Antwerp on January 1, 1995 and during the disaster Ghislenghien July 30, 2004 are also engraved in the collective memory. In the future, the Sea King will be replaced by four new type helicopters NH90 NFH. The 40 Sqn SAR then continue to engage in all weathers to provide assistance to the population on land and at sea