A search & rescue operation was in progress along the Cumbrian coast on the morning of the 21st involving lifeboats and the helicopter.
The Sikorksky S-92 was spotted over Silloth making two passes
The UK SAR helicopter, based at Caernarfon (Rescue 936), is operated by 'Bristow' on behalf of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency. The S-92 was built in America in 2014. It has a high specification including a speed of up to 145knots, medical suite, capacity for 21persons, and operational crew of 4.
A trip south was prompted by the appearance of the Bideford registered "Severn Sea" in Whitehaven Marina.
The small 68yr old offshore vessel (30m, 147tn) is a new visitor and looks to be maintained in fine condition.
She is owned by Keynvor MorLift, specialist marine contractors who operate out of Appledore, Devon
She is described as a multi-purpose vessel, capable of surveys, subsea installations etc and comes well-equipped with a winch & 2 deck cranes.
The purpose of the visit is unknown but she was seen cruising between Sellafield & Seascale on 22nd Nov.