The Hercules came in low over the ship, saw where the launch was, making smoke, and then climbed into the cloud with his huge aft ramp open. I was informed by radio that the first 'stick' of two had jumped, and the first I saw of them was as they dropped through the cloud. Then I received another message that the second 'stick' of two had jumped, and to pick them up first, as one man was unconscious. This we duly did, and got them both into the launch. It turned out that the unconscious man was the Captain from the Royal Ordinance Corps, and he had never jumped out of an aeroplane before. Many years later I met the navigator of the Hercules, and he told me what had happened on the aircraft. The RAOC Captain, seeing just space outside the ramp, collapsed unconscious, so they pushed him out of the aircraft, and his parachute opened automatically. Our Doctor gave him an injection of some sort, and the man 'came to', and asked where he was. When told he said "Oh great, you mean I have jumped". We then motored over to the other two men, who were waiting patiently in the water. After we had got them, with all their equipment, onboard we motored back to the ship, by which time had come a lot closer to us.