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Chinook Drops Sandbags to Stop Sea Surge

By By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief | December 9, 2013
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Predictions of the worst storm surge along Britain’s eastern seaboard since 1957 came true late last week, the UK’s Environment Agency has confirmed.

More than 50 severe flood warnings were issued with the defenses protecting some seafront communities down the coast overwhelmed.


Photo courtesy UK Royal Air Force



In Middlesbrough, Teesside, a Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook assisted the local community by lifting tons of sandbags into a 30-meter breach of the sea defenses prior to the arrival of the next high tide.

The operation was carried out by a Chinook from 18 Squadron based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire together with a team of military load-handling specialists.

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