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Baby Boy Born Midair On Navy Helicopter
A mother gave birth to a baby boy on board a Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopter, which was taking her to hospital.
Heavily pregnant Ella McLachlan was being flown from the Isles of Scilly to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske, near Truro, when she delivered Marcus Daniel McLachlan midair.
He was born at 7.24pm weighing 5lb 3oz and is believed to be only the second baby delivered in a Royal Navy helicopter.
Mrs McLachlan, husband Barney and baby Marcus were taken to hospital and are all doing well.
Mr McLachlan, a baker, said: "We thought we'd have a relaxing day. Then at the end of the afternoon Ella started feeling some cramps.
"We went to see the midwife for an examination and she confirmed Ella was in labour and that she needed to call Culdrose to pick us up.
"The Culdrose boys were immense, absolutely phenomenal. At one point they had to shine a light for Sue.
"They were hugely caring and did us brilliantly. They always deliver and always look after us."
Pilot Flight Lieutenant Jon Owen said: "I gave the crew a '10 minutes left to run' heads up so they could prepare for arrival.
"However, the midwife shouted back that baby was preparing for his own immediate arrival and that we needed to get ready to deliver in the air.
"I simply looked at the other pilot, Lieutenant Paul Smalley, and we continued to fly as mother nature took over."
Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopter R193 from 771 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose was called out at 5.05pm.
It is not clear at this stage what will be on the birth certificate.
Lieutenant Commander Chuck Norris, the observer on board added: "It was an exciting evening.
"We planned to transfer the mum direct to Treliske Hospital in Truro but baby had other ideas."