British and Maltese forces cooperated on Thursday (6 January) in the air-sea rescue of three crewmen of a British helicopter which plunged into the sea during an exercise.
GV Crowds and police on shoreline look at crashed helicopter
SV Divers around helicopter in water
GV Royal Navy helicopter overhead with Malta patrol beat in background
SV Wreckage and divers, PAN TO helicopter and patrol beat
SV Women enter emergency information office
SV Woman receives papers
GV INT Teacher clears desks and stacks chairs
LV British ship PAN DOWN TO sailors leading up launch (3 shots)
SV Women and children board launch and launch away (3 shots)
Initials BB/0230 JH/BOB/BB/0210
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Background: British and Maltese forces cooperated on Thursday (6 January) in the air-sea rescue of three crewmen of a British helicopter which plunged into the sea during an exercise. The pilot's mayday call was answered by other helicopters from the cruiser Blake, an RAF launch, a boat used by a British film company and a launch of the Malta Land Force.The crew of three were unhurt.
Meanwhile preparations for the British withdrawal from the island continued as teachers packed supplies in the closed British schools and families went to emergency information centres.
Malta's Roman Catholic leader, Archbishop Gonzi, flew to Rome on Thursday, and there was speculation that he had plans to mediate in the crisis with Britain. The 85-year-old Prelate's doctor said the Archbishop was too busy to speak to reporters.
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