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Plane crash memories filmed for show

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 05 July 2010

Roger Tuyton filming the Spirit of Lowestoft Lifeboat leaving the bridge channel

Roger Tuyton filming the Spirit of Lowestoft Lifeboat leaving the bridge channel

IT is one of the most spectacular sights witnessed in recent years.

But now the drama behind the scenes of the most infamous event in the Lowestoft air show's history - the 2002 Harrier plane crash - is set be captured on a television screen next year.

IT is one of the most spectacular sights witnessed in recent years.

But now the drama behind the scenes of the most infamous event in the Lowestoft air show's history - the 2002 Harrier plane crash - is set be captured on a television screen next year.

The town's lifeboat Spirit of Lowestoft has been filmed for a new satellite television programme.

Memories of the crash in 2002 were recalled by the crew of the lifeboat last week as the clapperboard sounded and “camera, action” signalled the start of filming for another sequence of a Discovery Channel TV series to be shown next spring.

Lowestoft Lifeboat press officer Mike Richford said: “A production team from Raw Cut TV, who made the successful series 'A Year in Kew Gardens,' interviewed the crew about the role of the Spirit of Lowestoft in the dramatic minutes after the plane crashed just south of the Claremont Pier.”

With some of the filming being done on the lifeboat at sea and in the harbour area, Mr Richford revealed that the volunteer crew are always on standby at the lifeboat station on the South Pier during the air shows.

Recalling the dramatic incident six years ago as the Harrier suffered engine failure and plunged 60ft into the sea in front of horrified spectators, the lifeboat crew saw Flight Lieutenant Tony Cann safely eject from the jet before the plane belly flopped into the sea.

“Their response was immediate and the Spirit of Lowestoft lifeboat was leaving its moorings to help the Harrier's pilot as the crew's pagers went off,” Mr Richford said. “Tony Cann had broken his ankle when he landed on the plane's fuselage because there was not enough height to steer the parachute away from it.”

Lifeboat operations manager, Richard Musgrove, who is the deputy harbour master and a port pilot, stopped all shipping movements in the harbour when the lifeboat was asked to transfer the pilot to the approaching RAF Sea King Rescue helicopter from Wattisham.

Crowds saw the pilot winched up on a stretcher before the helicopter took him away to a military hospital.

The filming will form part of a series called “Disaster Witness”.

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