winchman


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winchman

(ˈwɪntʃmən)
n, pl -men
1. a man who operates a winch
2. a man lowered on the winch of a helicopter
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The mother of one of those who died, winchman Ciaran Smith, speaks today of the pain of losing a son.
Video footage taken from the helicopter shows a winchman being lowered onto the Stavros S Niarchos.
Winch operator Robert Glendinning and winchman Peter Wood had to use all their skills to rescue the four.
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.
The four-hour rescue operation concluded with a winchman from an RAF search and rescue helicopter from 22 Squadron helping the walker to safety - with officials having decided the mountain was too hazardous to try and put him on to a stretcher.
The RAF rescue helicopter then arrived and their winchman managed to locate the woman soon after and winch her on to the helicopter, which took her to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
The witness said: "The helicopter sent the winchman down to the woman but they couldn't get to her.
Beverly Allen Completely fearless' - RAF's only female winchman and Welsh Royal Marine who dodged Taliban bullets honoured for bravery | Maybe it's time for the term 'Winchman' to be changed to 'Winchperson' then Wonderwoman she should be called
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.
A helicopter then arrived to help and a winchman was lowered down and injected painkillers.
An RAF Sea King helicopter flew to the scene from its base at Valley, Anglesey, and the winchman crawled through the "tunnel" and out again with a stretcher before the 14-year-old could be hauled into the aircraft.
An RAF Winchman was winched down to assess the situation.