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England (kentonline.co.uk) - Kent is within weeks of having a base for a search and rescue helicopter. Bristow Helicopters has started training staff ahead of the service going live from Lydd airport sometime in July.

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The Local - A video filmed from a rescue helicopter shows how two fishermen were rescued from an inflatable lifeboat after their ship sank off the coast of northern Norway.

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Johannesburg, South Africa (yahoo) - A lion that escaped from a South African national park nearly a month ago was finally captured after being shot with a tranquiliser dart by vets in a helicopter. The lion is in good health and under observation.

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The Japan Times - The Tokyo Fire Department will launch a helicopter-based unit called Air Hyper Rescue to battle fires in high-rise buildings.

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Prince Edward Island, Canada. (ctvnews.ca) - Four fishermen were saved from their sinking fishing vessel off the coast of New Brunswick June 28. When a Cormorant helicopter and Hercules aircraft were sent to the scene, they found The Cadillac Style, a fishing vessel from Tignish, P.E.I., already partially submerged.

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Corpus Christi, Texas (dvidshub.net) - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two overdue divers offshore from San Jose Island, Texas, June 27.

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Times Colonist - An injured crew member from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy was treated and released from hospital in Comox after being rescued by a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter on June 25.

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New Zealand (Otago Daily Times) - Central South Island Helicopters owner and pilot John Oakes was presented with a Royal Humane Society medal by the Governor-General, recognising his bravery in going to the aid of three people seriously injured in a crash in the Antarctic. Find out more about the Herbert-based pilot.

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Mackinac County, Mich. (mlive.com) - A 65-year-old Richland woman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after her sailboat ran aground in the Straits of Mackinac.

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New Zealand (The New Zealand Herald) - Dunedin's marine search and rescue volunteers - the longest-running rescue squad in New Zealand - say they were about two months from being out of business, with their work threatened by ageing harnesses. "We only had about two months to go before they were past their use-by date...so we were really happy the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund stepped in."

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