Coast guard helicopter drops in for training session

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

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Peel Castle provided a scenic backdrop as members of Civil Defence and the Search and Rescue Dog Association undertook training when the coast guard helicopter visited from Caenarfon on Friday afternoon.

The visit was not finalised until the last minute as it was subject to suitable weather conditions and the helicopter not being engaged on a call out.

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

Island volunteers were briefed about safety around the aircraft and rescue procedures for winching casualties on board.

Once the briefing was over, each of the volunteers was winched up to the hovering helicopter and back down again to familiarise them with the process, before the aircraft left to return to Wales.

The helicopter operates with four crew on board, two pilots, a paramedic and a winch operator.

It is equipped with powerful search lights as well as infra-red tracking.

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

The visit lasted for around two and a half hours

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016 - Jim McGregor and Marc Marshall with search dog Star and trainee dog Will

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016 - Jim McGregor and Marc Marshall with search dog Star and trainee dog Will

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter takes part in an exercise with the Isle of Man Civil Defence teams in Peel on Friday, January 29 2016

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