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Bahrain is to launch a helicopter rescue service to ferry injured people to hospital after accidents and emergencies. The Cabinet approved a proposal to create the Central Emergency Service, which includes air rescue.

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New Delhi (The Times of India) - Continuing with its Operation Rahat, the IAF's old but gigantic heavy-lift Mi-26 helicopter has flown four sorties since July 12 to airlift 17,500 kg of equipment, including two bulldozers, required by the Border Roads Organization to reconstruct roads in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.

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New Delhi (The Telegraph) - A rumble woke up pilots and crew at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police mess in Gauchar, Uttarakhand. Another landslide was threatening the station and the single Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter Mark 1 that was at the base. For days, the helicopter had been used to evacuate the stranded.

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Coquitlam, BC, Canada (North Shore News) - North Shore Rescue was called in to help with the rescue of a man stranded on a narrow cliff ledge in Coquitlam over the weekend. Coquitlam Search and Rescue had spotted the subject from the air in a very steep canyon area, overlooking the Pitt River, and a short time later, they called requesting assistance to do a helicopter long line rescue.

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Dickinson, N.D. (The Dickinson Press) - It is becoming easier for emergency personnel to reach western North Dakota residents in need of medical help — even those who may think they are out of reach. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held July 10 at the Biesiot Activities Center for the Spirit Lifeline air medical helicopter, the first of its kind in Dickinson.

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Isle of Wight, England (portsmouth.co.uk) - A fisherman was plucked from the sea by a rescue helicopter crew after his boat sank beneath him off the Isle of Wight.

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adelaidenow.com.au - Their miraculous rescue of a toddler in a dive bag during Queensland's January floods made headlines around the world. But the dramatic footage told only part of the story of the chopper crew of Rescue 300 and two incredible days of pinpoint flying on the Australia Day weekend. Flying in rain and poor visibility forcing them to often fly at treetop heights, the crew of RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue 300 - winch operator Matthew Brandon, rescue crewmen Garth Snaidero and pilot Scott Salisbury - in one day rescued eight people stranded on and in vehicles near Rockhampton.

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Santa Cruz County, Ariz. (nogalesinternational.com) - Border Patrol agents requested helicopter assistance when four migrants reportedly jumped from a cliff west of Rio Rico early on July 5, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Calif. (napavalleyregister.com) - A Napa-based California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in the search and rescue of a lost mountain biker on July 6 in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.

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Anmore, BC, Canada (CTV News) - A lost hiker and his dog have been safely rescued after being stranded 36 hours on a high mountain ridge above Buntzen Lake. Search and rescue crews used a helicopter long line to reach the 43-year-old man and his dog and bring them to safety from a steep and challenging trail on July 2.

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