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The Washington Post - A severely injured hiker was lifted off rugged Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park on Jan. 2 by a U.S. Park Police helicopter from Washington.

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Sandoval County, N.M. (abqjournal.com) - The Sandoval County Fire Department will begin using a new emergency medical helicopter on Jan. 10, thanks to a public-private partnership between Sandoval County and Tri-State Careflight.

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A helicopter rounds into view from above the mountainous terrain, where the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro stretch nearly 20,000 feet into the sky. On the ground at the local airport and in the remote village of Rau, both children and adults anticipate the helicopter's arrival with excitement and joy. For many it's the first time they've seen a helicopter.

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Phoenix, Ariz. (azcentral.com) - A man with a knee injury was rescued by helicopter from Piestewa Peak on Dec. 29.

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Kelantan, Malaysia (malaysiandigest.com) - Seventeen areas have been cut off, with almost 8,000 victims stranded without food for the past five days. Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi, who visited the state to distribute basic necessities and financial aid, said the only way to reach the victims was by helicopter. "The country is in desperate need of more helicopters."

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Athens (NBC News) — Italian and Greek helicopter crews worked into the night to airlift passengers off a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea, battling darkness and bad weather that hampered rescue efforts by other ships throughout Dec. 28.

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Kauai, Hawaii (abc13.com) - Firefighters in Hawaii rescued 62 hikers who became stranded after heavy rains caused streams to flood. Authorities say the hikers had been trapped for days with dwindling supplies.

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Queensland, Australia (The Chronicle) - Oscar Root is one boy who knows firsthand the vital work the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter does in our community. The eight-year-old was on the receiving end of the service's good work when he was bitten by a 50cm brown snake outside the front door of his Pechey home.

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londonist.com - "We've always been fascinated by the sight of the bright red London Air Ambulance helicopter zooming around the skies above the capital, so we jumped at the chance to visit the charity's headquarters at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel..."

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Australia (themorningbulletin.com.au) - Rescue helicopters have saved countless lives in Central Queensland, and now they will be able to keep saving lives with funding coming their way. Lifesaving helicopter rescue services have established a new long-term funding agreement with the State Government.

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