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Kent, England (yourcounty.co.uk) - Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has become the first air ambulance in the U.K. to launch a 24-hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), following three years of research and preparatory work. Up until recently, and unlike the rest of Europe, the service could only fly by daylight.

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Lexington, Ky. (kentucky.com) - Lexington police said a piece of fancy equipment helped them find a missing teenager on Dec. 17. Lexington police's helicopter unit was asked to help with the search because it has Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), a thermal imaging system.

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(ABC News Online) - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 60-year-old man whose goat had kicked him off a Puerto Rican mountainside Tuesday. The unidentified man fell an estimated 100 feet down the mountain in Yauco, Puerto Rico, after his goat became unruly, according to a Coast Guard statement.

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St. Lucie County, Fla. (wptv.com) - A woman is in stable condition at Broward General Hospital after being medically evacuated  from the Carnival Cruise Ship Fascination on Dec. 15.

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abc.net.au - One of the longest-serving crew members for the Northern Rivers rescue helicopter service has been awarded a National Medal for his service. Helicopter crew chief Roger Fry has been described as a typical Aussie hero who prefers to fly under the radar.

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It may be this week’s most often repeated helicopter story. On Tuesday, December 17, a Royal Canadian Air Force Griffon helicopter — the RCAF’s name for the Bell 412EP — plucked a crane operator who had been trapped 18 stories above the ground by a raging fire below from the very end of the boom.

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South Australia (abc.net.au) - By the end of this summer, Surf Life Saving SA's Geoff Brennecke will have reached his 35th year of volunteering as a helicopter crew member in the rescue chopper.

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Andersen Air Force Base, Guam (DVIDS) - When a pilot or aircrew member ejects from their aircraft in the middle of the ocean, being rescued by a search and rescue team is their highest hope. To prepare, Marines and sailors executed a combat search and rescue mission Dec. 11 with fixed-wing and rotary-wing assets off the coast of Guam during Exercise Forager Fury II.

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Australia (Fraser Coast Chronicle) - As an aircrewman, Jerm Cutelli is responsible for coordinating each mission flown by a typical four-man rescue helicopter crew. He can find himself operating a winch to rescue people out of high seas, flying patients from hospital to hospital, or landing on the Bruce Hwy after a serious crash. 

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South Australia (The Advertiser) - Three people have been rescued by helicopter after their boat capsized in a freak accident off Cape Jervis. Two men and a woman were rescued from rocks after the boat they were fishing in overturned in Backstairs Passage.

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