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A Cornish cow, trapped on steep cliffs near Port Isaac, was hoisted to safety recently slung beneath a Royal Navy rescue helicopter. A cow being rescued by 771 Naval Air Squadron. Credit: Crown Copyright/MoD 2011 West-country whirlybird flying cattle action. Had the naval copter not been called in by the RSPCA, the trapped …

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How sweet.

Now is the RSPCA or owner of the cow going to pay for the cost of that rescue operation?

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re: paying

I believe that this sort of thing is regarded as training - as the pilots need to keep certain number of flying hours a month to remain at useful skill levels and rescue operations reflect the soft of job they may have to do in the field. It is going to cost whether they rescue the cow or have to practise moving cargo

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Anonymous Coward

Is this a coincidence?

Isn't the navy just reacting the well known story from One of Us (Yes, Prime Minister)? What kind of yet another cock-up is this supposed to cover...

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All the usual crap about paying for rescue services

Assumes that

a) the armed forces had better things to do

b) that the rescue mission is not superior to any training *excercise*

and

c) shows a lack of basic human decency.

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I take your point, but...

They are also adopting the responsibilities of an emergency service. Military exercises are presumably planned and budgeted. If some prat climbs a mountain in t-shirt and trainers, with a storm on the way, and breaks his leg, the RAF have to go fetch him whatever.

I am not saying someone should be left to die just because they made a stupid decision, I am just saying that rescuing them isn't necessarily free. The RAF might already have rescued as many people as they need to this month, thanks.

As for human decency, to rescue a person, yes. To rescue a cow ... depends, beef or dairy.

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Holmes

"Military exercises are presumably planned and budgeted."

In house Regression test suites Vs Real world customer scenario.

Ring a bell ?

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WTF?

how did it get there?

-lowered down to where the cow had become trapped with assistance from the Port Isaac Cliff Rescue Team-

Did they put the cow there in the first place?

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Well

Some animals are famous for their ability to ascend stairs but are unable to decend them; could be a similar principle.

This is often exploited by prank loving teens

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Mushroom

Commas

The Reg is bringing out a white paper.

Until then, we just have to understand this stuff as best we can!

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familiar sounding

I have an ex-wife like that; also of the bovine family. And again, who also has been exploited by many of the townsfolk around here.

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@ Chris

Damn you, sir, for beating me to that one by a scant 3 huors and 20 minutes. That'll teach me to be busy at work.

<-- Have one on me.

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all the proof you need...

...as to why she is your ex-wife, you coarse little twerp.

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ouch

He's due a leathering for that one...

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Indeed

But now you're just milking it for all it's worth,.,

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Come on..

Cow jokes? How udderly pathetic

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lucky cow

but this is a sensible use of our taxes why?

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Devil

Cost/Benefits - how much does a cow fetch at market?

Next time, send for a rifleman and a field chef.

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Black Helicopters

Training mission

Next time, it might be a human. Good to know the pilot has some experience pulling loads off cliff faces.

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why not?

The RN and RAF search and rescue units exist to deal with military emergencies- plane crashes and so on. It makes sense for them to aid civvies when the crews would otherwise be doing training flights. A bit of extra live practice for the crews, civvies get help. We'd be paying the running costs of the whirlybirds anyway.

Beer, for the crew. Good job fellas.

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Training

These crews would be out training anyway, moving dummy loads from A to B or rescuing dummies from the sea if they weren't performing services such as this. Arguably this is a much better use of the fuel than a pure training exercise.

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Why not?

Look at it as a training exercise then, Mr Grumpy.

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Re: lucky cow

In case that was a serious question: because it provides a much valuable training opportunity, while at the same time doing a service of benefit to the local economy. Also because not everything is about money.

How would you feel if it'd been your cow anyway... don't know if you have any of them in Tunbridge Wells.

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Anonymous Coward

Not very sensible...

...but very human. Hrah.

I'd rather the tax was wasted on rescuing a cow than on some MOD war mongering toys

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Trollface

Fishheads in Bovine rescue drama

Didn't read the article because it has Mr Page's name at the top. However, I would imagine that it goes something like, "Well done the Navy (who are much better at flying than everyone else). Obviously the RAF couldn't never do this because the Typhoon is shit."

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ding!

Didn't read the comment I'm obviously replying to because it has Mr Brush's name at the side. However, I would imagine that it goes something like, "I'm an idiot with a predisposition to prejudice and xenophobia. Obviously I can't be bothered to not waste everyone else's time with my existence because I am shit."

Where's the troll icon? Eh, forget it; I'll use the flame.

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Typhoon

I think it would have been quite entertaining to witness a Typhoon attempting this job. Surprising for the cow, but entertaining for everyone else.

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Joke

Actually....

He says that had it been a US cow, it would have been nimbler, cheaper and wouldnt have gotten stuck in the first place :)

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Trollface

eh?

Why do you bother coming here is you don't bother reading the articles?

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Nuclear Cow

You missed that, then?

Actually, I seldom stop to notice the author unless an article is particularly annoying, utterly incomprehensible, or very funny

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WTF?

Fishheads???

Not the Fleet Air Arm - WAFU's if you don't mind. Fishheads are general service.

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Practice

good practice for collecting loads from difficult locations elsewhere in the world. i.e. Afghanistan.

I thought that was the only reason the Navy/RAF are doing Air Sea Rescue and it has not been "outsourced" - it;s such good practice for the pilots

Black (well red and grey) helicopters obviously.

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Navy..

Good job, if it was the RAF the cow may of out mooeuvred them.. ( http://m.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/08/eurofighter_beaten_by_f16/ )

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Trollface

>"could not escape by any other means"

Someone could have climbed down there and slapped a parachute on its back, then just give it a good hefty shove!

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Safe at last...

"Minutes later the unfortunate beast had been hoisted clear and deposited in a nearby field unharmed next door to the Ginster Pasties Factory."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/23/cornish_pasties/

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2011/02/23/cornish_pasties/

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That's not a Cornish Cow

Have you been to Camborne lately!!!

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Ace of Clubs?

What's that all about then? Just curious....

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Ace of Clubs?

Don't know the history, but each of the Navy SAR Sea kings at Culdrose has a different ace on it. Just a bit of squadron tradition I expect. I visited them on a POAC course many years ago and they had nicknamed one "Damien" as it had had to ditch in the sea three times!

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They wanted some easy identifiers

And another squadron got the diamond first

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Anonymous Coward

Ace of Clubs? - what's that all about?

Obvious init - they are part of the crack Navy 3 Card Monte Display Team.

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Guess the WAFU's were not quite so WAFU this time.

There is no F in way.

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Lucky

Lucky the weather was clear otherwise that cow would be fresian.

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Childcatcher

How did it get there you ask?

Catapult

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Happy

Exercise for the sake of it

In other parts of the country the local Cave Rescue voulenteers do this for free as

(a) valuable practice

(b) goodwill with the local farmers over whose fields the cavers tramp

There was a funny tale of a call-out to recover a dead bull from a cave in Yorkshire, so that the insurance company rep could examine it to check that it was dead before paying the farmer. What the farmer neglected to tell the CRO was that the bull had been dead for two weeks! They brought out a few 'trophy' pieces (head and legs) to convince the insurance rep. much to his and their disgust.

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Devil

Cows with Guns ?

Ok.. So instead of becoming fish food it gets to become (several) burgers.

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Two birds, one stone

If they'd got a bit closer with the chopper they could have turned it into minced beef in situ.

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Happy

Re-live the experience yourself:

by picking up the cow in the game Rockface Rescue!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/rockface/game/main.swf

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Friday song time

Daisy, Daisy, give me your halter do

I must be crazy for trying to rescue you

They said you were out of luck

When we first found you stuck

But you'll be alright if we just take a flight

On a cargo net made for two

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see body....

Lieutenant Commander Chris 'Damage' Canning, though he confessed that his people were "more used to underslinging fuel, food, water or vehicles".

Would a cow not be all three, just not simultaneously..... (Ok liquid, rather than "water").

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Trains don't stop Camborne Thursdays

So they have to get a Jelly-whopper in to do the job instead.

Notice the author doesn't slate Westland products in this article, this Brit Kit works, oh noes FAIL its a modification of a Sikorsky design. Still no abject lies in this article

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