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adelaidenow.com.au - Their miraculous rescue of a toddler in a dive bag during Queensland's January floods made headlines around the world. But the dramatic footage told only part of the story of the chopper crew of Rescue 300 and two incredible days of pinpoint flying on the Australia Day weekend. Flying in rain and poor visibility forcing them to often fly at treetop heights, the crew of RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue 300 - winch operator Matthew Brandon, rescue crewmen Garth Snaidero and pilot Scott Salisbury - in one day rescued eight people stranded on and in vehicles near Rockhampton.

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Santa Cruz County, Ariz. (nogalesinternational.com) - Border Patrol agents requested helicopter assistance when four migrants reportedly jumped from a cliff west of Rio Rico early on July 5, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Calif. (napavalleyregister.com) - A Napa-based California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in the search and rescue of a lost mountain biker on July 6 in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.

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Anmore, BC, Canada (CTV News) - A lost hiker and his dog have been safely rescued after being stranded 36 hours on a high mountain ridge above Buntzen Lake. Search and rescue crews used a helicopter long line to reach the 43-year-old man and his dog and bring them to safety from a steep and challenging trail on July 2.

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Raleigh, N.C. (army.mil) - A distress call went out June 14 concerning a hiker who had been injured in Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn. North Carolina National Guard aviation assets, in conjunction with members of the North Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team, or NCHART, were assigned the rescue mission in the rugged terrain of the southern region of the Appalachian Trail.

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New Delhi (newkerala.com) - Indian Air Force chief N.A.K Browne has assured people still trapped in flood-affected regions of Uttarakhand that his force will continue to fly helicopters until each one of them is evacuated.

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medicinenet.com - Patients taken to the hospital by helicopter ambulance had a higher survival rate than those taken by ground ambulance, according to a new study.

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Live Oak, Fla. (Suwannee Democrat) — The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners gave Air Methods the approval to relocate one of its three life-flight aircrafts to Suwannee County. According to Public Safety Director James Sommers, this is a win-win situation for the county.

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India (The Hindu) - Four Dhruv helicopters pressed into service by the Indian Army in flood-hit Uttarakhand have proved their mettle in carrying out relief operations and dropping paratroopers in some of the most inaccessible areas.

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Sierra City, Calif. (The Sacramento Bee) - California Highway Patrol air rescuers battled windy conditions to pluck two stranded teenagers from a 8,600-foot-high cliff in the Sierra Buttes June 15.

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