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Coastguard helicopter emergency response restored

30.11.2020 - 15:27
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The Icelandic coastguard again has helicopter response capabilities after regular inspection and maintenance on one helicopter, TF-GRO, were completed last night. Coastguard air mechanics were forced to cancel their strike by order of Alþingi.

TF-GRO is fully airworthy again after coastguard air mechanics worked on it all weekend following their returning to work, a press release confirmed last night.

Iceland was without emergency response helicopters from Thursday until last night.

Mechanics returned to work on Saturday morning after Alþingi approved a bill to force them back to work on Friday. Their strike had been ongoing for three weeks, since 6th November, and negotiating teams from their union and the State remain in stalemate. The longer the strike continued, the bigger the impact on coastguard services became.

The agency's other two helicopters, TF-LIF and TF-EIR remain out of service at this time.

No calls for helicopter back-up were received during the four day coastguard grounding, but the head of the Landsbjörg national search & rescue agency commented bluntly that there is no call made to rescue services that are not on offer. In other words, it is not known whether the helicopter was needed or not.

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