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Baby boy born in navy helicopter on way to hospital in Truro

By WMN_PGoodwin  |  Posted: October 02, 2013

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A baby boy was born in a Royal Navy helicopter flying over Cornwall.

The mother and midwife were on the way from the Isles of Scilly to hospital in Truro when the child was delivered at 7.30pm yesterday.

Coastguards received an emergency call from the ambulance service on Tuesday evening and a Sea King helicopter was dispatched to St Mary’s around 6pm.

The aircraft was destined for Malpas, where a makeshift landing strip had been prepared, because the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske was fogbound.

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But just before the chopper landed, coastguards received a call on the radio from 771 squadron saying the crew of seven had now increased to eight.

A spokesman for Falmouth Coastguard said: “I asked the crew if everything was alright and they said it was fine.

“I believe it was a boy born around 7.30pm. It was a really nice thing to happen are just hope mum and the baby are fine.”

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