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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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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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