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kpbs.org - Firefighters had their hands full when hot, dry, and windy conditions — a rarity in mid-May — fed a dozen San Diego wildfires. More than 40 planes and helicopters logged time fighting fires around the county during that week.

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english.jschina.com.cn - Three helicopters were dispatched May 30 to fight a forest fire that has raged in east China's Shandong province since May 29.

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Utah County, Utah (Daily Herald) - Pleasant Grove Police, Utah County Sheriff officials, and Utah County Search and Rescue teams were able to retrieve a man who was injured while paragliding above Pleasant Grove May 21.

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Richmond, Va. (WTVR) — If you've seen video of the smooth, sure rescue of a young man who jumped off the Powhite Parkway bridge May 14, you may think this is something the River Rescue and Medflight teams have done plenty of times. They have practiced it, in fact.

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New York Daily News - Amanda Graham, 36, a native of the Jersey Shore, was hiking with relatives along the Palisades near Alpine, N.J., when she slipped, broke her ankle, and nearly fell 200 feet. She clung to the side of a cliff, requiring an NYPD helicopter crew to be sent to her rescue.

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Marlborough, New Zealand (stuff.co.nz) - Life Flight's Westpac Rescue Helicopter saved the life of a young Marlborough girl before she was even born. Amy McNamara went into labour at 30 weeks. Within an hour she was on board the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

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Somerset, England (The Telegraph) - The RAF were called in to rescue a woman trapped at Wells Cathedral in Somerset after she plummeted 30 feet and became wedged between two turrets.

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Sabah, Malaysia (New Sabah Times) - A rescued rare Sumatran rhino was successfully translocated from a very remote area in Danum Valley. Thanks to Erickson for the use of their Sikorsky S-64 helicopter.

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A Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky S-70B2 Seahawk has joined the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia.

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Helicopters were used extensively during the first few hours of the deadly landslide in Oso, Washington on March 22, 2014. Snohomish County Sheriff's Bell UH-1H "SnoHawk 10" was first on scene shortly after the slide occurred and immediately began life saving rescue operations. U.S. Naval Station Whidbey Island dispatched their Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk along with Navy firefighters who assisted in freeing people trapped in the massive debris piles.

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