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Flood Stricken Families Rescued East of Childers
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (1127 reads)


Queensland, Australia (Gladstone Observer) - An elderly couple was rescued by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter after their home at Pacific Haven, east of Childers, was inundated with water.



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14-Month-Old Child Hoisted to Safety
Monday, January 28, 2013 (1071 reads)


Queensland, Australia (Gladstone Observer) - In a dramatic rescue for an RACQ Capricorn Helicopter, a 14-month-old child was placed in a bag and hoisted to safety after flood waters swept the truck he was in off a Biloela road.



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Accidents Keep Helicopters Busy
Monday, January 28, 2013 (941 reads)


Otaki, New Zealand (TVNZ News) - The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter airlifted a woman to Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries.



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Eight Helicopter Rescues in a Day for PGHM
Friday, January 25, 2013 (1062 reads)


Courchevel, France (courchnet.com) - The Courchevel based PGHM (mountain rescue services) had a heli of a busy day with eight aerial rescues performed in the Tarentaise valley.



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Air Ambulance Pilot Hopes New App Takes Flight
Thursday, January 24, 2013 (955 reads)


Des Moines, Iowa (USA Today) - Jim Cooper believes he can save lives with his flying skills and his entrepreneurial ideas. A Life Flight helicopter pilot, Cooper has released an iPhone application he hopes can help save the lives of flight crew patients by reducing the time it takes for a first responder's help call to reach a pilot.



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Helicopter Built for Ill Babies to Fly Soon
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (1421 reads)


Columbus, Ohio (The Columbus Dispatch) - Nationwide Children's Hospital is spending $7.5 million on a helicopter for transporting newborns and other pediatric patients.



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Fishermen Airlifted from Burning Boat in Dramatic Rescue
Thursday, January 17, 2013 (1597 reads)


Ayrshire, Scotland (Daily Record) - Four fisherman have been airlifted to safety from their burning boat after a blaze broke out in the engine room. The crew of the Amy Harris raised the alarm after they sailed just south of the isle of Arran, off the Ayrshire coast.



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Helicopter Crew Rescues Teen Swimmer
Thursday, January 17, 2013 (1061 reads)


Auckland, New Zealand (stuff.co.nz) - A helicopter crewman was dropped into the water to rescue a teenage swimmer in Auckland's Tamaki Estuary.



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Man Rescued from Rio Tinto Bulk Carrier off Gladstone
Thursday, January 17, 2013 (864 reads)


Queensland, Australia (Gladstone Observer) - A man suffering chest pain has been airlifted by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter from a Rio Tinto Marine bulk carrier off the coast of Gladstone.



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Local Helicopter Services Help Fight Bushfires
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 (1197 reads)


New South Wales, Australia (Mudgee Guardian) - As the Cudgegong District Rural Fire Service manages its several ground crews this bush fire season there are also local aerial services keeping outbreaks to a minimum. Mid-Western residents who noticed an increase in helicopters flying around over the past week can know our region is constantly being scanned for fires.



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Trauma Helicopter now Based in St. Johns County
Thursday, January 10, 2013 (1397 reads)


St. Johns County, Fla. (The St. Augustine Record) - St. Johns County now has a trauma helicopter stationed within its borders, which means patients who need critical care will be able to get to the right hospital faster.



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Helicopter Helps Fight Bungendore Blaze
Monday, January 07, 2013 (1105 reads)


New South Wales, Australia (Canberra Times) - Fire tore through about 25 hectares outside Bungendore as both ground and air crews battled to contain the blaze on Jan. 5.



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The Harrowing Helicopter Rescue of the Kulluk Rig
Monday, January 07, 2013 (854 reads)


Kodiak City, Alaska (Popular Mechanics) - A daring airlift of 18 Shell workers is a vivid reminder of the way Alaska's extreme conditions compound risk, and that when things go bad in northern waters, all hope is with the Coast Guard.



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Passing Rescue Copter Saves Paddle Pair
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 (1007 reads)


Queensland, Australia (Noosa News) - Two paddlers had a lucky escape when they got into difficulty in big seas off Wurtulla. The SLSQ Westpac Rescue Helicopter was going past at the time and saw they were in serious trouble.



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Hikers Rescued from Mt. Baden Powell Summit
Thursday, December 20, 2012 (3115 reads)


On Dec. 15, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, the San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff Departments, and the United States Forest Service/Angeles National Forest received an emergency call that two hikers were stranded just below the summit of the Mount Baden-Powell.



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Duran Duran Star Launches Children's Air Ambulance
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 (1558 reads)


Stratford-upon-Avon, England (Stratford Observer) - Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon has launched the Children's Air Ambulance. The dad-of-three is a patron of the charity. The Children's Air Ambulance will transfer critically-ill youngsters from general hospitals to intensive care units across England and Wales.
 



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Jacksonville Helicopter Cops Win Awards for Risky Water Rescues
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 (1635 reads)


Jacksonville, Fla. (jacksonville.com) - They are eyes in the sky for Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officers on the ground. But Air Unit officers Steve Vaughan and Steve Strickland’s helicopter hovered close to the deck recently when both had to hit the water to rescue people in two separate incidents.



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Two Storey Waves, Howling Winds, Can't Deter Rescuers
Monday, December 17, 2012 (1129 reads)


Vancouver, Canada (kamloopsnews.ca) - Waves as high as a two storey building and powerful, 50 kilometre per hour winds couldn't interfere with an RCAF search and rescue helicopter as it raced to rescue an injured crewmember from a freighter, 100 kilometres west of Tofino.



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Helicopter Blows Trapped Deer Off Icy Lake
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (933 reads)


spiegel.de - A deer that got trapped in ice on a frozen lake in northern Germany narrowly escaped death thanks to the ingenuity of a helicopter crew that happened to be flying by.



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Sheriff's Office Unveils $2.7M Refurbished Rescue Helicopter
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 (1454 reads)


Santa Barbara, Calif. (ksby.com) - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has unveiled a new aircraft, and says the helicopter, named "Copter 3," is going to change the way it helps the community.



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Woman Gives Birth in Helicopter
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 (1179 reads)


Shetland, Scotland (The Telegraph) - A rescue helicopter was called to take a mother-to-be from Unst in the far north of Scotland to the maternity ward but ended up delivering the boy themselves.



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Oswego Coast Guard Station Trains for Water Rescues
Thursday, December 06, 2012 (998 reads)


Oswego, N.Y. (syracuse.com) - Men and women with the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Oswego went through rescue training Dec. 4 with help from the Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Detroit.



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Major Rescue Operation as Two Ships Collide in North Sea
Thursday, December 06, 2012 (1382 reads)


The Telegraph - Four crew members have died and seven are still missing of the North Sea, after a cargo ship collided with another vessel in the dark and sank off the Dutch coast. Three helicopters and two rescue ships rushed through the night to reach the 24-man crew of the Baltic Ace, who were clinging to life rafts in conditions that saw waves as high as 10ft.



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New Search and Rescue Helicopter in the Flathead
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 (912 reads)


Kalispell, Mont. (kaj18.com) - A new state-of-the art helicopter will soon be serving Flathead County to improve search and rescue efforts in the back country. The helicopter is currently being used by Two Bear Management and the Flathead County Sheriff's Office.



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'Close Shave' for Three Lost Hillwalkers Saved by Navy Helicopter
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 (1048 reads)


Glencoe, Scotland (news.stv.tv) - A Royal Navy helicopter lifted three walkers to safety just before the aircraft would have been grounded because of freezing rain.



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Rotorua's Rescue Helicopter Marks 20 Years
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 (1046 reads)


Rotorua, New Zealand (Rotorua Daily Post) - For 20 years, Rotorua residents have known that if they are ever in serious trouble the city's rescue helicopter will be there to help them. The service has helped out people who have been lost, hurt, in a serious crash or those who need to be transferred between various hospitals.



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Busy Weekend for Rescue Copter
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 (899 reads)


Nelson, New Zealand (stuff.co.nz) - A string of accidents and emergencies around the region over the weekend had the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter running almost non-stop.



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Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service: 40 Years of Saving Lives
Friday, November 30, 2012 (1294 reads)


Australia (Herald Sun) - Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service chief executive Steven Leahy said his organisation flew 105 missions last summer. With the upcoming summer forecast to be much hotter than the last, the WLRHS will celebrate its 40th anniversary saving lives.



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Three Helicopters Battle Takaka Fire
Friday, November 30, 2012 (1142 reads)


East Takaka, New Zealand (stuff.co.nz) - Three helicopters were used to fight a fire in East Takaka Nov. 28 which burnt about one hectare of forestry and scrubland.



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Perth Base for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 (1618 reads)


BBC - Scotland's first charity-funded air ambulance helicopter is to be based in Perth. The Scottish government and the Scottish Ambulance Service have given the project the green light.



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Helicopter Help for Wiltshire Fire Service
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 (1438 reads)


Wiltshire, England (BBC) - A millionaire businessman is giving his helicopter and time to operate a "flying fire engine" in Wiltshire. Jeremy Paxton hopes to establish a Thunderbirds-style rescue network using private helicopter owners to assist fire services around the UK.



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Newcastle Ducks to the Rescue
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 (1254 reads)


New South Wales, Australia (Newcastle Star) - They may be quiet achievers, but the men and women of two life-saving organisations work tirelessly to keep the community safe. Together, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and the Hunter's 13 surf lifesaving clubs guard coast lines, each day protecting the lives of beach-goers across the region.



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Geisinger Shows Off Life Flight Helicopter at Nay Aug Park
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (1213 reads)


Scranton, Pa. (thetimes-tribune.com) - People walking through Nay Aug Park on Nov. 19 had a chance to view up close something they normally see zipping through the sky on important business - a Geisinger Life Flight helicopter.



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RAF Valley: Revealing Duke of Cambridge in Barracks
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (1184 reads)


Anglesey, Wales (The Telegraph) - It is a far cry from the trappings of St James's Palace, but new photographs have shown the basic living and working arrangements faced by the Duke of Cambridge as a search and rescue pilot.



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Abu Dhabi Air Wing Transports Injured Crash Victim
Monday, November 19, 2012 (1321 reads)


Abu Dhabi (gulfnews.com) - The Abu Dhabi Police Air Wing came to the rescue of an Asian man after getting injured in a traffic accident in the Western region of the Emirate.



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Man Airlifted after Car Rolls
Monday, November 19, 2012 (839 reads)


Nelson, New Zealand (voxy.co.nz) - A 48-year-old Nelson man was airlifted by the Nelson/Marlborough Rescue Helicopter after the vehicle he was driving rolled on SH6 on the Northern side of the Whangamoa Saddle.



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New Duke Life Flight Helicopter is Bigger, Better
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (1955 reads)


Durham, N.C. (wral.com) - Duke Hospital's newest Life Flight helicopter is an intensive care unit that boasts state-of-the-art technology inside. "What our aircraft has that no other aircraft has is a big 35-and-a-half inch opening here that allows us to carry pretty much any size patient."



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Air Evac Crew Celebrates more than 5,000 Safe Flights
Thursday, November 08, 2012 (971 reads)


Jackson, Tenn. (jacksonsun.com) - The pilots, flight nurses and paramedics who work at Tennessee's first Air Evac station have celebrated a major milestone — more than 5,000 missions flown safely.



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U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Crew Rescued
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 (2115 reads)


Kodiak, Alaska (Anchorage Daily News) - On most days, U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews are the ones called in when something goes wrong. During an unusual mission earlier this month, it was a crew from Air Station Kodiak who needed the rescuing.



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South Georgia Medical Center Helipad Ready for Flights
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 (1600 reads)


Valdosta, Ga. (JEMS) — Bill Forbes, chief planning officer for South Georgia Medical Center, spoke of the importance of the new helipad to the community, relaying a story about the first emergency lifeflight from the new pad that helped to save the life of a 3-year old child.



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New Wales Air Ambulance Launched
Friday, November 02, 2012 (1245 reads)


Daily Post - The new Wales Air Ambulance heli-med has taken to the skies thanks to a fundraising drive. The 'new generation' aircraft, based at Welshpool Airport, completes the WAA's fleet of three air ambulances for Wales, taking over from its 20-year-old predecessor.



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Helicopter Rescues Restored across B.C.
Friday, November 02, 2012 (817 reads)


BC, Canada (northshoreoutlook.com) - The equipment certification problem that grounded all long-line helicopter rescue operations province-wide this week has been resolved, according to Emergency Management B.C. and the federal government.



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U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawks Rescue 14 People from HMS Bounty
Friday, November 02, 2012 (1280 reads)


The Aviationist - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 14 people from life rafts in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C. on Oct. 29, when the replica 18th-century sailing vessel rolled over in Superstorm Sandy's 18-foot waves.



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Helicopter Crewman Takes to Hill to Rescue Walkers
Thursday, October 25, 2012 (1552 reads)


Crianlarich, Scotland (Grough) - A crew member from a Royal Navy rescue helicopter walked 600ft up a Scottish mountain to rescue three walkers trying to navigate in thick cloud with only a smartphone.



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Electricity Rescue Helicopter Appeal Underway
Thursday, October 25, 2012 (842 reads)


Whangarei, New Zealand (Voxy) - November 15 marks the anniversary of the first flight by the Northland Emergency Services Trust back in 1988. Since then the service has completed over 15,000 flights and saved hundreds of lives in and around Northland, and offshore.



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U.S. Navy Rescues Philippine Fishermen from Sinking Craft
Thursday, October 25, 2012 (2383 reads)


Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan (Stars And Stripes) — As their boat sank in the South China Sea, five Philippine fishermen climbed to the roof of their cabin, lit a T-shirt on fire and wrapped it around a pole. About 1,500 feet above, Petty Officer 3rd Class Stanislav Oros thought he saw a faint light.



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Firefighters Stage Helicopter Rescue
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (1811 reads)


Oak Mountain State Park, Ala. (Shelby County Reporter) - A gray, blue and yellow helicopter hovered over Oak Mountain State Park’s Peavine Falls on Oct. 23 as an Alabama state trooper dangled more than 100 feet below the chopper on a retractable line.



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Rescue Operation after Helicopter Ditches in North Sea
Monday, October 22, 2012 (1798 reads)


Scotland (The Telegraph) - A rescue operation has been launched after a helicopter carrying 19 people ditched in the North Sea - 14 miles west of Fair Isle, between Orkney and Shetland.



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Helicopter Rescues Woman Climber
Monday, October 22, 2012 (921 reads)


Chico, Calif. (ChicoER.com) - A 26-year-old woman was hauled to a parking lot in upper Bidwell Park where medics loaded her into an air ambulance and took her to Enloe Medical Center.



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Lifeboat, Coastguard and RAF Helicopter Involved in Rescue
Friday, October 19, 2012 (1073 reads)


Barry, Wales (Barry And District News) - A major rescue operation took place after a 74-year-old man suffered a serious head injury on board a yacht off the coast of Barry.



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Donations 'Vital' as Air Medics get £250,000 Bill
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (931 reads)


England (Darlington and Stockton Times) - A £250,000 bill for a replacement helicopter gearbox has prompted Great North Air Ambulance Service chiefs to highlight the importance of donations from the public.



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Working to Make Canada's Coast Guard Even Better
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (770 reads)


Matt Nicholls, Helicopters magazine - Having lived near and travelled on a variety of impressive Canadian waterways and shorelines, I'm quite familiar with the important role the Canadian Coast Guard plays on a daily basis with its team on the water and by helicopter.



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New Helicopter Lands at Children's Hospital
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (1780 reads)


Madera County, Calif. (KMPH) - The patients and staff at Children's Hospital Central California have welcomed a new addition - a new "Air George" helicopter.



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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Three Near Cannon Beach, Ore.
Monday, October 15, 2012 (2553 reads)


The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three men who were forced to abandon ship after their vessel caught fire Oct. 12.



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San Juan County to Build New Helicopter Landing Zones
Thursday, October 11, 2012 (1918 reads)


Farmington, N.M. (The Daily Times) - San Juan County is looking to build two new helicopter landing zones for AirCare, San Juan Regional Medical Center's helicopter service.



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Arctic Rescue Earns Rescue 915 the 2012 Cormorant Trophy
Thursday, October 11, 2012 (1110 reads)


AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that a treacherous nighttime icy Arctic sea rescue of two hunters by a Canadian Forces Search and Rescue team has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue.



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Pilot Carries Firefighter to Safety in Helicopter Water Bucket
Friday, October 05, 2012 (1042 reads)


 (Oregon Public Broadcasting) - When the wind shifted during Oregon's recent Pole Creek Fire, a quick-thinking helicopter pilot saved a firefighter suddenly trapped by flames, by picking him up in the water bucket suspended from the helicopter.



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Culdrose Helicopter Crew Receive Bravery Award
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 (1846 reads)


Cornwall, England (Scilly Today) - A crew from RNAS Culdrose will be recognised for a rescue in dangerous sea conditions off Scilly last year. Mike Luscombe, Martyn Roskilly, Jason Sawyer and Antony Russell of Rescue 193 based at 771 Naval Air Squadron, will be presented with the Edward and Maisie Lewis Award at the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society's annual Skill and Gallantry Awards in London.



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Helicopter Crew Talks about Daring Hiker Rescue
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 (2565 reads)


Dawson County, Ga. (wsbtv.com) — A hiker is lucky to be alive after falling 25 feet from Cochoran Falls in Dawson County. The Department of Natural Resources helicopter shaved hours off the rescue.



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Life Flight Marks 30 Years Saving Lives
Monday, October 01, 2012 (1802 reads)


Worcester, Mass. (telegram.com) - UMass Memorial Medical Center is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Life Flight. The medical air transport became New England's first hospital-based air ambulance on Sept. 15, 1982. Life Flight is credited for saving lives by providing rapid transportation to the nearest trauma centers.



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West Covina Officer Honored for Fiery Plane Crash Rescue
Friday, September 28, 2012 (1105 reads)


West Covina, Calif. (sgvtribune.com) - A West Covina police officer, Officer Mike Weathermon, received the Burn Institute's 2012 Inland Empire Spirit of Courage Award last weekend for pulling an injured pilot and passenger from the burning wreckage of an airplane crash in Corona. Weathermom was the observer in an El Monte police helicopter at the time.



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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues 14 in 7 Days
Thursday, September 27, 2012 (1167 reads)


Anchorage, Alaska (Capital City Weekly) - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four boaters near Sitka Sept. 21, marking the busiest search and rescue week this summer for the Coast Guard 17th District. As this case was beginning, four fishermen were rescued from a life raft more than 30 miles south of Resurrection Bay.



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Helicopter Carrying Medical Staff Lands in Bogotol
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 (968 reads)


Bogotol, Russia (trust.org) - A helicopter carrying medical staff from the regional Sanitary Aviation special medical service is seen after landing in the town of Bogotol, some 168 miles west of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.



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Copter Needed to Rescue Paraglider
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 (2144 reads)


Chilliwack, Canada (Chilliwack Times) - A paraglider stranded overnight after he crashed on Mount Cheam in the Chilliwack area was rescued by a military helicopter.



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Helicopter, Kayaks and Dogs get Key Swift River Training
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (2328 reads)


Conway, N.H. (unionleader.com) — A New Hampshire National Guard Black Hawk helicopter swept a narrow-focused, very bright searchlight up and down the Swift River as personnel from multiple agencies looked for victims from a tubing mishap. It was a training scenario, but it played out like a real emergency.



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Indian Military Called in to Help Flood-Hit North-East
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (1662 reads)


The Telegraph - Air force helicopters and soldiers in rubber dinghies help deliver fresh water and food to flood victims in northeast India as the number of displaced rises to 1.8 million.



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Pima County Helicopter a Tool to Save Lives, Fight Fires
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (868 reads)


Pima County, Ariz. (tucsoncitizen.com) - Whether they get lost, become dehydrated, injure themselves in a fall or just take ill, Pima County now has another tool to help them get back to safety. The County’s new rescue-capable helicopter will be vital in responding to such calls.



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Close-up View of Rescue Operation Hangar
Monday, September 24, 2012 (1142 reads)


New Plymouth, New Zealand (stratfordpress.co.nz) - St. Patrick's School Inglewood's Room 1 last week had a close-up of the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter hangar.



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Project Helps Train Experts in Large-Animal Rescue
Monday, September 24, 2012 (2220 reads)


New Zealand (horsetalk.co.nz) - Through an innovative partnership, a new continuing education course is preparing first responders and veterinarians to safely handle and rescue large animals caught in disaster - a sling and a helicopter lift.



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Cliff Fall Leads to Air Rescue
Thursday, September 20, 2012 (2087 reads)


Fife, Scotland (Fife Today) - Two people were rescued by helicopter after accidents at beaches in and around Kinghorn over the past eight days.



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U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Man from Sailboat
Thursday, September 20, 2012 (2626 reads)


The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an injured man from a sailboat approximately 13 miles west of Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 19.



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New Helicopter Heralds New Era in Night Flying
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (2305 reads)


East Anglia, England (EDP 24) - The East Anglian Air Ambulance will start training its crew in night flying, with the aim of becoming fully operational to fly in the dark by the end of the year.



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Hurt Hiker Hoisted to Safety
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (846 reads)


Vancouver (comoxvalleyrecord.com) - A hiker suffering a lower leg injury was hoisted to safety after Search and Rescue crews from Lions Bay, near West Vancouver, and an RCAF Cormorant helicopter teamed up.



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BOB Flies to the Rescue
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (886 reads)


Oxford, England (The Oxford Times) - Launched in 1999, an Air Ambulance provides a life-saving service for Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire 365 days of the year. It has flown over 13,000 missions since its inception.



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Tricky Helicopter Evacuation 'Worked out Great' in Cruise Ship Rescue
Monday, September 17, 2012 (2935 reads)


Vancouver Island (The Province) - For Captain Luc Coates and the crew of his Royal Canadian Air Force Cormorant helicopter, the evacuation of an ailing male passenger from a cruise ship morning was a "good day."



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New AirCare Helicopters for Tri-State
Friday, September 14, 2012 (1006 reads)


Cincinnati, Ohio (700WLW) - University Hospital is phasing in two new helicopters for AirCare. The EC145 models are built by Eurocopter, and replace two BK117 models.



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Rescued Woman Praises Officers for Going 'Above and Beyond'
Friday, September 14, 2012 (3746 reads)


Las Vegas, Nev. (Las Vegas Review-Journal) - Las Vegas police used a helicopter to rescue a 70-year-old woman from a flooded truck.



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Life Flight Opens its Doors to Contest Winners
Thursday, September 13, 2012 (2159 reads)


Salt Lake City, Utah (The Salt Lake Tribune) - Winners of an Intermountain Life Flight Facebook contest waited patiently for the opportunity to snap pictures and climb inside the new Augusta Grand helicopter. Before they were able to tour the helicopter, they first received some information about why the new helicopter and all the aircraft are important to Intermountain Health's patient care.



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Five Medical Helicopters in One Place in Doylestown
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (1443 reads)


Doylestown, Ohio (newsnet5.com) - Chippewa Township firefighters, along with Doylestown police officers, got an up close look at five different medical helicopters Tuesday night.



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California Air Guard, USCG Complete Joint Rescue Mission
Friday, September 07, 2012 (2946 reads)


California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing, in a joint mission with the U.S. Coast Guard, successfully completed the rescue of two distressed fishermen aboard a fishing vessel about 1,400 miles off the coast of Acapulco, Mexico.



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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Injured Hiker from Olympic Mountains
Thursday, September 06, 2012 (2467 reads)


The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured hiker, Aug. 29, that had been stranded in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles, Wash., for four days.



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Helicopter Rescues Woman from Mount Tamalpais
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 (3108 reads)


Marin County, Calif. (Marin Independent Journal) - In a dramatic rescue, the California Highway Patrol lifted a 28-year-old San Francisco woman with a medical emergency from the cliffs of Mount Tamalpais and helicoptered her to a Walnut Creek hospital.



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U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescues Stranded People in Louisiana
Thursday, August 30, 2012 (815 reads)


LaPlace, La. (blog.al.com) - Two helicopter crews from U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile took part in the rescue of three people and their pets from a flooded home and a drifting house barge in LaPlace.



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Man who Fell from Boat Rescued in Point Loma
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (2099 reads)


San Diego, Calif. (10news.com) - A 45-year-old man who suffered a seizure and fell while aboard a sport-fishing boat off Point Loma was hospitalized after being hoisted off the deck by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.



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Holy Island Causeway Couple Rescued by RAF Helicopter
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (2168 reads)


Northumberland, England (BBC News) - An RAF helicopter crew have rescued an elderly couple from the Holy island causeway in Northumberland after they became stranded by the incoming tide.



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Harbor Rescue Demo Highlights Second Annual Tug/Barge Day
Friday, August 24, 2012 (905 reads)


Staten Island, N.Y. (silive.com) - An afternoon helicopter evacuation demonstration in New York Harbor wowed onlookers as the NYPD Aviation Unit showed off its ability to quickly rescue someone from a ship.



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Revamped Base will Help Save More Lives
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (1861 reads)


Worcestershire, England (Redditch Standard) - Upgrades to Worcestershire's air ambulance base could result in thousands more lives being saved. Improvements worth £200,000 to the home of the Midlands Air Ambulance at Strensham off junction 8 of the M5 include brand new crew accommodation, hanger modifications and helipad lighting.



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Air National Guard, Navy Helicopter Assist in Firefighting Efforts
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (1456 reads)


aero-news.net - Helicopters from the U.S. Air National Guard and the U.S. Navy have been helping fire crews in California battle a series of wildfires in the southern part of the state.



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Flight Nurses get the Support they Need
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (868 reads)


Tacoma, Wash. (The Seattle Times) - Ex-flight nurse Krista Haugen helped form the Survivors Network for Air and Surface Medical Transport. The network has two main goals: resiliency and health of survivors, and prevention of accidents; network members determine how to provide effective short- and long-term care to medical providers.



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Multiple Rescues in Jacksonville
Monday, August 20, 2012 (2737 reads)


Officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Aviation Unit were called out to assist in locating five people, two of which were children aged 8 and 11, who were reported lost in the ocean at Little Talbot Island.



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Portsmouth Hospital gets OK for Helipad
Monday, August 20, 2012 (1366 reads)


Portsmouth, N.H. (seacoastonline.com) - Portsmouth Regional Hospital can soon add a helicopter landing pad to its list of infrastructure amenities available to its patients.



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Prince William Rescues Schoolgirl from Sea
Friday, August 17, 2012 (1316 reads)


Anglesey, Wales (The Telegraph) - Prince William led a rescue mission to save a 16-year-old girl who got into difficulties off the Welsh coast after being alerted by surfers. The Duke of Cambridge piloted the RAF Sea King helicopter while his colleagues winched the teenager to safety from Silver Bay, Anglesey.



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Difficult Helicopter Rescue on Thunder Mountain
Thursday, August 16, 2012 (934 reads)


Sedona, Ariz. (The Bugle) - Sedona Fire District was dispatched to what seemed to be a routine emergency medical call on the south face of Thunder Mountain. But crews soon realized it would not be a routine.



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British Woman Rescued by IAF
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (874 reads)


New Delhi (ibnlive.in.com) - A British woman stranded in inclement weather conditions at Padam Valley in Zanskar ranges of Ladakh was rescued by a Leh-based helicopter unit of the Indian Air Force.



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Beaumont, UM Expand Helicopter Transportation Service
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (920 reads)


Crains Detroit Business - Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak has joined the helicopter emergency transportation club in Southeast Michigan, and Ann Arbor-based UM Health System has replaced its three aging helicopters.



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Malmstrom Helicopter Crews' Save Total Now at 396
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 (930 reads)


Malmstrom, Mont. (Great Falls Tribune) - Malmstrom's 40th Helicopter Squadron has added two more rescues to its successful search and rescue count, bumping the total up to 396 saves.



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Six Rescued from North Sea by RAF Helicopter
Monday, August 13, 2012 (1531 reads)


Lossiemouth, Scotland (STV Local) - Six trawlermen were rescued by a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth when their stricken boat sank in calm conditions off Aberdeen.



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Czech Trekkers Rescued by Indian Air Force
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 (873 reads)


Ladakh region, India (Waypoint Magazine) - Pilots of the Leh-based Indian Air Force helicopter unit evacuated two Czech brothers from the higher reaches of Padam valley in the Zanskar ranges of the Ladakh region.



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Holidaymaker Rescued with help from Police Helicopter
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 (1835 reads)


Dartmoor, England (This is Plymouth) - A police helicopter has helped rescue a holidaymaker, who has Parkinson's disease, from Mel Tor near Ashburton.



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Trapped Hiker Hoisted from Mojave Narrows in Night Rescue
Monday, August 06, 2012 (1059 reads)


Victorville, Calif. (Victorville Daily Press) - An L.A. County Fire Dept. rescue helicopter was used to conduct a night hoist rescue of a hiker trapped 200 feet above the Mojave River, and 600 feet below the top of the rock formation.



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Rescue Services Called to Incidents in Kerry
Monday, August 06, 2012 (959 reads)


Kerry, Ireland (Irish Times) - Rescue services in Kerry were called to assist two men in separate incidents on mountains on Aug. 3.



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U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescues Seaman off San Diego
Monday, August 06, 2012 (930 reads)


San Diego, Calif. (Los Angeles Times) - A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from San Diego rescued a merchant seaman who had been burned aboard a container ship 30 miles off San Diego.



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Climber Rescued from Cliff Edge after Stranded for Two Days!
Friday, August 03, 2012 (1731 reads)


Sierra National Forest, Calif. (Daily Mail) - After two days stranded on a sheer cliff face, Lawrence Bishop penned a goodbye letter to his wife and daughter. Standard procedure is to have a helicopter lower a 'screamer suit,' in which the injured can be loaded and hoisted. But with no room to work, the only option was a less secure cinch collar, which fits under a person's arms. With legs dangling, Bishop was then hoisted to safety.



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Record Call Outs for Culdrose Rescue Crews
Friday, August 03, 2012 (834 reads)


Cornwall, England (thisisthewestcountry.co.uk) - The summer holiday season has started with a record six call outs in one weekend for Culdrose's search and rescue helicopter squadron. The duty crews of 771 Naval Air Squadron were called out a total of six times between Friday and Sunday.



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New Medical Helicopter for Myrtle Beach Area
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 (1034 reads)


Myrtle Beach, S.C. (myrtlebeachonline.com) - McLeod Health – which includes Loris and Seacoast in Little River - has added a new medical helicopter service, giving Horry County patients another option in getting to the closest medical facility quickly.



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Helicopter Crew Honored for 1988 Rescue
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 (2386 reads)


Kodiak, Alaska (Anchorage Daily News) - More than two decades after a daring rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded medals to the helicopter crew that saved two people from the sinking fishing vessel Wayward Wind.



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Helicopter Rescues Three from Mt. McKinley
Friday, July 27, 2012 (1885 reads)


Mt. McKinley, Alaska (The News Tribune) - A helicopter hauled three Danish climbers from 17,200 feet up Mount McKinley on Thursday after an avalanche stopped their summit bid and injured two of them.



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Climber Rescued from N. Sister after 200-Foot Fall
Thursday, July 26, 2012 (888 reads)


Sisters, Ore. (ktvz.com) - A 46-year-old climber from Portland was rescued by an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter late Tuesday night after a nearly 200-foot fall on the North Sister.



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Copter Rescues Climbers in Second Aspen Rescue Search
Thursday, July 26, 2012 (943 reads)


Aspen, Colo. (Aspen Times) - A helicopter assisting Mountain Rescue Aspen in the recovery of one climber's body Tuesday on North Maroon Peak wound up helping rescue two other stranded climbers.



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'Tragedy' to Lose Portland Helicopter after Brixham Crew Rescue
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (2137 reads)


Devon, England (BBC) - A skipper who rescued three Devon fishermen after their boat sank has said it would be a "tragedy" if Portland's rescue services closed.



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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Injured Hiker
Monday, July 23, 2012 (2999 reads)


An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted an injured hiker approximately seven miles north of Packwood, Wash., July 21, 2012. The hiker had fallen an approximate 100 feet and sustained serious injury in snowy, mountainous terrain.



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OSF St. Anthony gets New Helicopter
Friday, July 20, 2012 (930 reads)


Rockford, Ill. (wrex.com) - Rockford's OSF St. Anthony Hospital will receive a new Eurocopter EC145 helicopter from OSF Aviation.



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Sailors Plucked from Boat in Dramatic High Seas Rescue
Thursday, July 19, 2012 (2191 reads)


British Columbia, Canada (The Province) - Two sailors owe their lives to search and rescue swimmer Robin Richardson, who plunged twice into heavy seas off Haida Gwaii to pluck the men off their stricken sailboat.



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Helicopter Douses Fire
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (802 reads)


St. Huberts, N.Y. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise) - On the ground and from the air, state forest rangers battled a small forest fire on an Adirondack High Peak.



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Chinese Snorkeler Saved in Copter Rescue
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (881 reads)


Phuket, Thailand (Phuket Gazette) - The Chinese snorkeler who was found face-down and unconscious in the water off Koh Racha Yai, just one day after the Royal Thai Navy opened a helipad at Koh Racha Yai, is recovering well.



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Record Breaking Copter Appeal
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (1279 reads)


Tauranga, New Zealand (sunlive.co.nz) - Tauranga has helped contribute to a record breaking Westpac Chopper Appeal with $77,392 going towards the Tauranga-based TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter. All donations from the Westpac Chopper Appeal will be distributed back to the 16 rescue helicopter services across the country.



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Scout Group Airlifted to Safety
Monday, July 16, 2012 (2623 reads)


Hampshire, England (BBC News) - A group of scouts had to be airlifted to safety after getting stuck in marshland in a Hampshire country park.



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Survivor, 7, Thanks Rescue Copter Crew
Monday, July 16, 2012 (928 reads)


Auckland, New Zealand (stuff.co.nz) - On a family outing to an Auckland beach, Daniel Pirret-Buik almost died. Ambulance staff were performing CPR when the Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrived to take him to hospital for treatment that saved his life.



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Portland Coastguards in Rescue Dramas
Monday, July 16, 2012 (915 reads)


Dorset, England (Dorset Echo) - Sailors were rescued after their boat started sinking and a teenager trapped in mud was saved in two dramatic coastguard rescues.



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Helicopters Used Most in Scottish Mountain Rescues
Thursday, July 12, 2012 (3161 reads)


Scotland (BBC News) - Airlifts were the most common method of getting injured climbers and walkers to safety last year, according to Scottish Mountain Rescue. Helicopters were used on 157 occasions, with crews at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray going to 90 incidents and Royal Navy Gannet crews in Ayrshire to 60.



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CHP Helicopter Rescues Lost Hiker in Napa
Thursday, July 05, 2012 (1662 reads)


Times-Herald - California Highway Patrol officers used a helicopter to locate and rescue a lost and injured hiker near the Napa and Lake county lines.



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North Colorado Medical Helicopter Group Marks 30 Years
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 (1406 reads)


Greeley, Colo. (Denver Post) - Jill East's worst memory of the day a bull nearly killed her 12-year-old son was watching the blood seep from his body. Her best memory of that day was how quickly Union Colony Fire Rescue Authority crews got to her son's side. Then came the Med Evac team from North Colorado Medical Center who helicoptered him to Children's Hospital in Denver.



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Maj. Kelly Advanced Use of Medical Helicopters in Vietnam
Monday, July 02, 2012 (3334 reads)


The Augusta Chronicle - Army Maj. Charles Kelly’s last day alive 48 years ago today thrust him into military history as the first medical helicopter pilot killed in action. But Charles Kelly Jr., of Martinez, said he believes his father’s first day in Vietnam set in motion his path to greatness.



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Auckland Paramedic Clocks 2,000 Rescues
Friday, June 22, 2012 (858 reads)


Auckland, New Zealand (voxy.co.nz) - Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) paramedic Chris Deacon definitely has better work stories than most - 2,000 of them to be exact. On June 17, the ARHT advanced paramedic performed his 2,000th rescue mission on board the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter.



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Tank Gives Northland Rescue Copter More Range
Friday, June 22, 2012 (1019 reads)


Northland, New Zealand (The Northern Advocate) - A giant jerry can holding 385 litres of fuel which slides into the back of Northland's rescue helicopter makes the aircraft the most long-range rescue copter in New Zealand.



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CALSTAR Nurse Celebrates 25 Years of Service
Friday, June 15, 2012 (1113 reads)


Santa Cruz, Calif. (Mercury News) - One day in the mid-1980s, Rose Gaither was working as a nurse at a hospital's intensive care unit in Inglewood. A helicopter ambulance crew came through the door, and it didn't take long for her to realize that was what she wanted to do.



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Helicopter Rescue for Dog Walker Who Plunged Down Cliff
Thursday, June 14, 2012 (1002 reads)


East Lothian, Scotland (news.stv.tv) - A dog walker was rescued by helicopter after he fell down a cliff in East Lothian. The man, understood to be in his 70s, was winched to safety by an RAF Sea King.



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Clarinda Hospital to get Medical Helicopter
Thursday, June 14, 2012 (1807 reads)


Clarinda, Iowa (omaha.com) — The Clarinda Regional Health Center will become home to an air ambulance service for the region, starting in September. The hospital announced a partnership with Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Air Methods/LifeNet to base an air ambulance in the southwest Iowa community.



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Wyoming Sends Helicopter to Help Fight Colo. Fire
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (3796 reads)


Cheyenne, Wyo. (kulr8) — A Wyoming National Guard helicopter is being sent to Colorado to help fight a wildfire.



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Helicopters Help Firefighters at Russian Arms Depot Blast Site
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (4001 reads)


Nizhny Novgorod (RIA Novosti) - Helicopters from Russia's Emergencies Ministry have joined firefighting teams at the site of a blaze at a military stores site at the Buzulsky region of Orenburg Province.



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New Air Ambulance Contract for Scotland
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (1548 reads)


Daily Record - The next generation of air ambulance helicopters aim to cut flying time while allowing more room for medics and relatives. Two new aircraft will enter service in 2014, the Scottish Government said. The EC145T2s will reduce flight time across the mainland, Western Isles and Orkney, while reducing the need to refuel.



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Kaitaia Baby Born During Helicopter Ride
Monday, June 11, 2012 (4083 reads)


Whangarei, New Zealand (New Zealand Herald) - The Northland Electricity rescue helicopter is used to getting sick and injured patients to hospital in plenty of time, but June 9 it made an early delivery - a baby was born aboard as it rushed to Whangarei.



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Injured Hiker Rescued in Badlands National Park by Helicopter
Friday, June 08, 2012 (870 reads)


Interior, S.D. (The Washington Post) — A helicopter was used to rescue a Pennsylvania man who became injured while hiking in Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota. The South Dakota Air National Guard says it was the first live-rescue mission in the state involving the new UH-72 Lakota helicopter.



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Grand Teton Rangers Use Helicopter to Rescue Injured Hiker
Friday, June 08, 2012 (1456 reads)


Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. (Yellowstone Gate) - An injured hiker climbing Albright Peak in Grand Teton National Park was flown out by a helicopter after she received medical assistance from park rangers.



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Challenges of Providing Helicopter Emergency Care
Thursday, June 07, 2012 (1069 reads)


Utah (Herald Journal) - The Life Flight pilot tracks a beeline through Avon Pass, cruising at 130 miles an hour from McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Weber County to Logan Regional Hospital before touching down gently on a landing pad outside the emergency room.



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Prince William Qualifies as Search and Rescue Captain
Thursday, June 07, 2012 (1757 reads)


Daily Mail - Prince William has qualified as an operational search and rescue captain just weeks before his 30th birthday. After completing his captaincy tests and undergoing two years of flying experience in Sea King helicopters, he will now be able to command operations, helping rescue distressed mountaineers or exhausted swimmers across the UK.



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Snohomish County Sheriff Assists in Rescue of Teen
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 (3055 reads)


The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit was first on the scene in the rescue of a 13-year-old boy who was stranded for eight hours on a small ledge above a 270 foot waterfall.



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Samaritan Medical Center Shows Off Emergency Helicopter Service
Friday, June 01, 2012 (1474 reads)


New York (Watertown Daily Times) - Samaritan Medical Center showed off its new emergency helicopter capabilities on May 31, which proponents say will improve response times and patient care.



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