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Photo Makes Coastguard Rescue Helicopter Look Like Starship Enterprise

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Photo Makes Coastguard Rescue Helicopter Look Like Starship Enterprise

A strange photograph of a helicopter put everyone in mind of the famous USS Enterprise from Star Trek whilst it was rescuing a teenager from a mountain in the Lake District.

Chris Higgins, a team leader from the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, captured the bizarre shot of the Coastguard helicopter whilst the dramatic rescue was taking place last Saturday night.

After the photograph was shared to social media, legions of people have chimed in to express how similar it looks to the famous Star Trek craft.

You have to admit, it really does.

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Obviously, it's just because it's dark and the helicopter rotors are spinning super quickly, but still.

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The 55-year-old rescuer joked about how the technology to 'beam' people up would be nice, but it's a bit of a way off just yet.

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He said: "It would be fantastic if we had a spaceship that could just beam people up from any trouble in the mountains and transfer them to safety.

"I think that technology is a bit of a way away yet, but it would certainly save us getting out of bed in the early hours of the morning to help people if we could invest in one of those spaceships.

"The comments from people saying it was the Starship Enterprise gave me a good laugh."

The Coastguard and Mountain Rescue teams were scrambled at about 8:30pm on July 31 after a family of four became separated near to Blencathra in Cumbria.

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The daughter of the family had sustained minor injuries to her knee and head after a fall, but managed to WhatsApp her location to the rescuers using location app What3Words (W3W).

If you don't have that, and enjoy being in the great outdoors, you should really look into getting it.

Because that's some pretty tough terrain, the team had to ask the Coastguard to bring in the chopper.

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The teenager was then winched out to safety, and is now recovering well.

Higgins explained: "With a lot of people having to holiday in the UK the number of visitors in the Lake District National Park, and I imagine all the national parks, has skyrocketed.

"Inevitably because of the numbers and some of the people going out into the hills aren't as experienced they're going out without the knowledge, experience or equipment to best look after themselves.

"We had two call-outs on the same night, they're coming in thick and fast at the minute.

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"Calling the Coastguard doesn't happen very often, they're a limited resource and we think long and hard about when we choose to call them because they might be needed somewhere else."

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"We try to take photographs of all of our rescues because it generates public interest and we rely on public donations.

"At the time I just thought it was a fantastic shot - for the crew of the helicopter to position their aircraft in that position demands a great amount of skill.

"Obviously when you're taking a photograph of a moving aircraft you can't predict how it's going to come out in terms of what the spinning rotors and flashing lights are going to be like.

"It was dramatic to be there and I just hoped the photograph captured some of the drama of the scene."

He added: "I'm all for people going into the mountains and experiencing adventure but I would ask people to look at the guidance that's included on the Adventure Smart UK website.

"I would also want people to ask themselves three basic questions: Do I have the right gear? Do I know what the weather's going to be like? Am I confident I have the knowledge and skills for my day?"

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Credit: Kennedy News & Media

A statement from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency read: "At just before 9.30pm on Saturday [31st July], HM Coastguard sent the coastguard helicopter from Prestwick - at the request of Cumbria Police - to provide air support in assisting a casualty at Hall's Fell, Blencathra.

"The coastguard helicopter located and extracted the casualty and passed them into the care of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team. No further medical assistance was required."

If you want to make a donation to the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, you can do so here.

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Topics: UK News, TV and Film, Interesting, England, US Entertainment, Weird, space

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