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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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Ireland (independent.ie) - A female hillwalker was at the centre of a daring rescue operation Dec. 26 when she fell and fractured her leg on the side of Mount Brandon. The Irish Coast Guard at Valentia received a call shortly before 3pm and a helicopter from Shannon Rescue 115 was dispatched to the scene.

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Tauranga, New Zealand (sunlive.co.nz) - Call it Murphy's law or the summer daze, but every holiday season Tauranga's Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter crew are kept extra busy helping rescue people who get themselves in trouble.

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Bay of Islands, New Zealand (Otago Daily Times) - A skipper was hospitalised with broken teeth and ribs and back injuries after his boat hit rocks in darkness at Tapeka Point in the Bay of Islands. The 52-year-old skipper had to be winched aboard a rescue helicopter and flown to hospital.

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Kent, England (yourcounty.co.uk) - Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has become the first air ambulance in the U.K. to launch a 24-hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), following three years of research and preparatory work. Up until recently, and unlike the rest of Europe, the service could only fly by daylight.

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Lexington, Ky. (kentucky.com) - Lexington police said a piece of fancy equipment helped them find a missing teenager on Dec. 17. Lexington police's helicopter unit was asked to help with the search because it has Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), a thermal imaging system.

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(ABC News Online) - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 60-year-old man whose goat had kicked him off a Puerto Rican mountainside Tuesday. The unidentified man fell an estimated 100 feet down the mountain in Yauco, Puerto Rico, after his goat became unruly, according to a Coast Guard statement.

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