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The Jewish Week - Relief efforts are well underway in areas devastated by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal. Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz — co-director of Chabad of Nepal with his wife, Chani — took to the skies in a Nepali helicopter to rescue a group of stranded hikers in remote regions hit by the earthquake.

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Dundee, Scotland (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) - Firefighters from Blackness Station were put through their paces on a training exercise at Dundee Airport. A Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick flew over for the exercise.

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dnaindia.com - A Europe-based aid agency approached a leading private charter company based in India for transporting medicines to the interiors of earthquake-ridden Nepal.

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Oneida County, N.Y. (uticaod.com) - This summer, Oneida County's emergency services agencies will have some extra help — from the air. The county is signing a contract with Mercy Flight Central emergency helicopter service for June, July, and August.

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amwalalghad.com - Mountain rescue teams, helped by clear weather, used helicopters to airlift climbers stranded for two days at high altitude on Mount Everest after a powerful earthquake triggered an avalanche that killed at least 17 people.

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Gridley Herald - The afterbay was a perfect location for CAL-Fire and other emergency agencies to hold a day's training. The shell of a gutted vehicle could be seen underwater with only the top showing as two firemen waited for a helicopter to deliver another fireman who repelled down a cable to practice extrication skills that come in handy so many times for firemen.

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grough.co.uk - One of the United Kingdom's new civilian search and rescue helicopters was used for the first time in a live mountain rescue in England.

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radionz.co.nz - Rough seas battering the rocky coastline at Muriwai Beach didn't stop Auckland lifeguard Tai Kahn from dropping out of a helicopter to rescue a surfer clinging to a cave roof.

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airforcetimes.com - The U.S. Air Force is looking at big changes to its combat search and rescue fleet, possibly using the tilt rotor Osprey to carry pararescuemen in addition to its new combat rescue helicopter, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said.

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England (Daily Mail) - The Duke of Cambridge's employer has launched its newest air ambulance - which will soon be flown by William. The Duke is expected to join the East Anglian Air Ambulance in mid-summer and will work as a co-pilot for the charity after completing training.

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