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A ground-breaking ceremony has marked the start of construction of a new multi-million pound search and rescue base at Humberside Airport. Two search and rescue helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, together with their crews and support team, will be housed in the state-of-the-art hangar, once fully operational in April next year.

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When Canadian helicopter pilot John Coughlin first flew over the Hazelwood mine fire in its first week, he thought he'd been assigned to the Chernobyl disaster. "I've fought a lot of fires in my time, but I've never fought anything like this before," he said. Coughlin is one of a rotational crew of eight pilots at the controls of the two six-tonne Sikorsky S-61s, which have developed a familiar presence over Morwell's skylines, scrambling daily to water bomb the open cut fire.

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Daily Mail - Six members of the crew on a cargo ship were plucked to safety as their vessel sank in the English Channel.

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Tasmania, Australia (The Mercury) - The daring rescue of a critically ill French Antarctic expeditioner was a carefully planned operation that included landing a rescue helicopter on the pitching deck of a ship more than 200km south of Tasmania.

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New York Post - An NYPD helicopter fished two men out of Jamaica Bay Jan. 13 after they got trapped in a marsh.

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Cornwall, England (capitalbay.com) - The pilots of Rescue 193 can be scrambled in 15 minutes during the day and are on 24-hour standby. The unit flies eight Sikorsky Sea King helicopters based at Culdrose, Cornwall, guarding the rugged coastline. The aircraft uses two Rolls-Royce Gnome turbine engines, each producing more than 1,400 horse power. Helicopter crews were called into action more than two-dozen times during the stormy weather over the festive period.

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gtowntimes.com - You fight to stay above water then, you see it. A BLACK HAWK helicopter is racing to the rescue. In the nick of time, you are pulled from the water and flown to safety. That may be one of the scenarios when the South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (SC HART) performs training exercises Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 along the Waccamaw Neck.

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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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