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Byline: Five volunteer crew members with the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat jumped from 12,000 feet with the Falcons, the RAF’s crack parachute display team yesterday (Sept. 3rd).
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The crew were invited to take the plunge when the Falcons visited Lyme this summer for their Lifeboat Week display.

Taking the leap were helmsman Elliott Herbert, 35, and crew members Murray Saunders,29, Dave Bisson, 36,Ritchie Durrant,22, and his brother Jack,20.

They travelled to Sibson Airfield in Northamptonshire, where the Falcons were staging a charity day for the Royal Air Force Association.

Elliott and his colleagues literally ‘jumped’ at the opportunity when the invitation came from Falcons Sgt. Rob ‘The Rocket’ Priestley.

Said Elliott:”We had a ten minute briefing on the ground and then it was up in the plane to jump in tandem with a Falcons team member.

“It was just amazing. I think all of us found an element we were a little concerned about – like watching the red light go green and the door opening.”

Ritchie Durrant said:”As I sat outside the plane waiting to jump I felt I should be holding on to something, but there was nothing to hang on to.”

The charity day riased £8,500 for RAFA funds.

Byline: Five volunteer crew members with the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat jumped from 12,000 feet with the Falcons, the RAF's crack parachute display team yesterday (Sept. 3rd).
Page Content:

The crew were invited to take the plunge when the Falcons visited Lyme this summer for their Lifeboat Week display.

Taking the leap were helmsman Elliott Herbert, 35, and crew members Murray Saunders,29, Dave Bisson, 36,Ritchie Durrant,22, and his brother Jack,20.

They travelled to Sibson Airfield in Northamptonshire, where the Falcons were staging a charity day for the Royal Air Force Association.

Elliott and his colleagues literally 'jumped' at the opportunity when the invitation came from Falcons Sgt. Rob 'The Rocket' Priestley.

Said Elliott:"We had a ten minute briefing on the ground and then it was up in the plane to jump in tandem with a Falcons team member.

"It was just amazing. I think all of us found an element we were a little concerned about - like watching the red light go green and the door opening."

Ritchie Durrant said:"As I sat outside the plane waiting to jump I felt I should be holding on to something, but there was nothing to hang on to."

The charity day riased £8,500 for RAFA funds.