Guernsey

Quiet year for Channel Islands Air Search

Channel Islands Air Search Islander plane
Image caption The volunteer service can search up to 4,000 square miles around the islands

The settled weather in the first eight months of 2010 has led to a quiet time for a Guernsey-based rescue service.

Channel Islands Air Search, which operates a volunteer-manned search plane, was called out for just the fourth time this year on Sunday.

Chief pilot Mike Tidd said by this time of year they would usually have been involved in dozens of searches.

He said: "It's normally when the weather changes rapidly that it catches people out."

Channel Islands Air Search provides a rapid response search capability in the 4,000 square miles of water surrounding the islands and the adjacent French coast.

It works with both British and French lifeboats, military helicopters and other rescue craft.

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