THE tragedy revealed gaps in rescue procedures. Only three of the seven Government Flying Services (GFS) helicopters were available, and the RAF was not called to provide Wessex helicopters to lift heavy rescue equipment between Kai Tak and Hsien Ku Fung. Only four mountain rescue personnel at a time were carried in the Sikorsky S-76 helicopters. The rest of the space was used for Civil Aid Service equipment, stretchers and climbing gear. CAS senior mountain rescue officer Johnson Wong Yiu-po said it took six trips to airlift the rescue team from Kai Tak to Hsien Ku Fung. The CAS duty officer received the first emergency call about midday. The first rescue team arrived at Kai Tak at 12.30 pm but did not arrive at the peak until about 2 pm. Delays were caused by the need to warm up the helicopters and load equipment. GFS deputy operations manager Pete Goddard was too busy to comment. Garrison spokesman Roger Goodwin confirmed the GFS could have asked the RAF to lend its four Wessex helicopters towards the rescue effort, but did not. 'I assume because they didn't call us they had enough assets,' he said.