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Milpitas, Calif. (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) — An errant hang glider pilot who became trapped in a 50-foot tree Jan. 7 was rescued when a California Highway Patrol officer was lowered from a helicopter and brought him down unhurt.

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Siskiyou County, Calif. (redding.com) - The California Highway Patrol's helicopter crew rescued three hikers, one of whom was in critical condition, on New Year's Day.

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post-gazette.com - They didn't just save her life; they brought her back from the dead. One minute, Catherine Fielding was taking in a brilliant June day from the back of a motorcycle on a country road in Butler County. The next thing she knew, she was lying on the pavement bleeding to death. Ms. Fielding knows that, but for the quick ride to Allegheny General Hospital's trauma center in a LifeFlight helicopter, she wouldn't be among the living.

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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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