News & Events
09 February 2016
An adventure training weekend turned into a rescue mission for adult volunteers as they use sheer strength and determination to save a stranded motor home.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Wing staff team arrived in the Goyt Valley car park one morning to find the AA trying to pull out a large motor home bogged down in the mud.Realising the vehicle was not going anywhere, the team decided to take matters into their own hands, and led by Wing Commander David Miller, Officer Commanding of Norfolk and Suffolk Wing, the group worked together to push the motor home out of the mud in a matter of minutes.
The group carried on with their expedition and thought nothing more of the event until their wing headquarters received an email from the very grateful owner, who had tracked them down thanks to the Norfolk & Suffolk Wing Air Cadets logo on the minibus.
To the Commanding Officer
I am writing to request that you convey my sincere gratitude to the staff that rescued me on the 24th January in the Peak District after my motor home became bogged down in mud in a Goyt Valley car park.
I was on a trip from Surrey to Blackpool to visit a very close friend after he had suffered a severe Cardiac Arrest . I stopped for a break in my journey when I became severely stuck.
Even though a chap from the Automobile Association was in attendance there appeared to be very little hope of him being able to tow me out, due to the sheer weight and size of my vehicle, his attempts only succeeded to break his tow rope.
Out of the blue, a team of what I believe to be your staff arrived, and after seeing the situation I was in, carried out what I consider to be a totally unbelievable exercise.
They asked me to steer the vehicle whilst they pushed, I really thought they were joking, because I was up to my axels both front and back, but after two attempts they had me clear. I still don't know how they managed it. It was a feat that had to be seen to be believed.
I cannot express how very thankful I am that they took control of the situation in a most professional manner.
Owing to my frame of mind at the time in relation to my friend, I don't feel that I thanked them as much as I could have, so I would be extremely grateful if you can locate these people and give them my very heartfelt thanks.
Mr F Vincent
P.S. My friend is at present recovering from a quadruple Heart Bi-pass
Wing Commander Miller said: "It was most unexpected to receive such a lovely letter.
The wing team were delighted to be of assistance to Mr Vincent when otherwise he may have been stuck for some considerable time.
A little muscle and team work proved to be the answer."
Photo L-R: Flight Lieutenant Dixon, Warrant Officer Bailey, Wing Commander Miller, Squadron Leader Jupe, Squadron Leader Ovenden, Squadron Leader Green, Squadron Leader Allan, Flight Lieutenant Howlett and Squadron Leader Deere