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The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Helicopter Rescue Team rescued a hiker stranded by snow on a remote section of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Glacier Peak Wilderness on October 4.

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Bismark, N.D. (nursing.advanceweb.com) - Sanford AirMed in Bismarck, an air ambulance helicopter service that provides medical transport to critically ill or injured patients, is now offering specialty neonatal intensive care unit and high-risk obstetrics specialty teams.

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North Vancouver, B.C. (Huffington Post) - When veteran backcountry experts describe conditions as "heinous," the average weekend hiker probably wants to stay well clear, but two unprepared adventurers found themselves in the middle of just such conditions during what they thought was a pleasant day hike on Vancouver's North Shore.

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The Press and Journal - The UK's longest-serving search-and-rescue winch operator has retired after saving more than 1,000 lives in a distinguished 44-year-career.

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Everglades National Park (Sun Sentinel) - The rattlesnake struck in an instant, and Everglades National Park Ranger Anthony Terry knew he might die. Skimming over the subdivisions, farms and swamps of southwestern Miami-Dade County at 140 miles per hour, a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helicopter with vials of the treatment that could save the ranger's life reached the center of Everglades National Park in 15 minutes.

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Hainan Province, China (china.org.cn) - Rescuers on Oct. 1 saved 14 fishermen, retrieved four bodies and are continuing their search for 58 others missing in the South China Sea after Typhoon Wutip has sunk three fishing boats since Sept. 29.

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AVweb - A Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter crew has won two of the most prestigious search and rescue awards for a daring mission into the teeth of one of the biggest winter storms to hit North America earlier this year. The servicemen will pick up the Cormorant Trophy and the Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award in London on Oct. 23.

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Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) — A National Guard helicopter crew returning from picking up a hunter suffering heart problems in Alaska made an unexpected rescue when it spotted three men in pickup truck that was overturned in a creek and partially submerged.

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West Palm Beach, Fla. (Huffington Post) - Two Bahamian men left for some fishing and ended up floating on the hull of their capsized 20-foot boat - for eight days. The men were individually hoisted into a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter using a rescue basket and flown to Delray Medical Center to be treated for dehydration and hypothermia.

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Business Insider - After relentless rains have overtaken eastern Colorado with flood waters that have led to hundreds stranded, President Obama has declared the area a federal disaster zone.

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