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San Simeon, Calif. (The Cambrian) - Cold, wet, but alive, a stranded sailor was plucked from his wrecked sailboat before dawn Jan. 9 at Piedras Blancas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that carried him to safety.

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Phoenix, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Water rescues can turn deadly in an instant; that's why members of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Aviation Unit practiced their skills at this water rescue drill on Jan. 8 at Lake Pleasant.

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North Platte, Neb. (The State) — A medical transportation company will be stationing a helicopter in Hastings to complement flights from its base at North Platte Regional Airport. Midwest MedAir has had a helicopter in North Platte since 2010 and responds to as many as 400 emergency calls a year, said Midwest MedAir operations director Steve Gardiner.

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Milpitas, Calif. (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) — An errant hang glider pilot who became trapped in a 50-foot tree Jan. 7 was rescued when a California Highway Patrol officer was lowered from a helicopter and brought him down unhurt.

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Siskiyou County, Calif. (redding.com) - The California Highway Patrol's helicopter crew rescued three hikers, one of whom was in critical condition, on New Year's Day.

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post-gazette.com - They didn't just save her life; they brought her back from the dead. One minute, Catherine Fielding was taking in a brilliant June day from the back of a motorcycle on a country road in Butler County. The next thing she knew, she was lying on the pavement bleeding to death. Ms. Fielding knows that, but for the quick ride to Allegheny General Hospital's trauma center in a LifeFlight helicopter, she wouldn't be among the living.

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New York Times - In a dramatic operation displaying unusual international harmony in one of the world's most remote and inhospitable places, a red-and-white Chinese helicopter on Jan. 2 rescued 52 passengers trapped for more than a week aboard an icebound Russian research ship in Antarctica, ferrying them a dozen at a time to an Australian icebreaker.

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dodlive.mil - Almost every time Barbara Inman hears a helicopter flying near her home in Anchorage, Alaska, she wonders if one of her two sons is on the way to save another life.

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Meridian, Miss. (blog.gulflive.com) - AirCare, a medical transport helicopter from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, has been based out of Jackson. It now has a permanent hangar at Key Field in Meridian.

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Beijing (globalpost.com) - China's maritime authorities dispatched a helicopter to rescue all 15 North Korean sailors on board, whose cargo ship sank after hitting rocks off China's northeastern coast on Dec. 29.

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