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    Race to pluck man off ship

    In a race against darkness, the crew of the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter flew a challenging mission on Friday night to save a man who lost part of an arm in an accident aboard a foreign fishing vessel. New Zealand fisheries observer Martin Bowers, whose brother is Dunedin doctor Andrew Bowers, is now in Dunedin Hospital having had a forearm mutilated when his life jacket became snagged on a conveyor belt on a Korean fishing vessel about 105km southeast of Bluff on Friday night.

    Helicopters Otago owner and pilot Graeme Gale said the mission required flying 180km from the Taieri airport to the ship, which took about one hour.

    ''We were fighting fading light ... the tricky bit is winching the person and paramedic up, but we got it done in daylight.''
    Night-vision goggles and instrumentation were required for the flight back to Dunedin, he said.

    ''There were a lot of challenges. To get him to hospital in under three hours is pretty amazing when you're talking about the Southern Ocean.''

    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has launched an investigation into the accident.

    The rescue helicopter was called about 8.30pm after Mr Bowers, a fisheries observer with the Ministry for Primary Industries, suffered the injury.

    A paramedic was winched on to the ship, where he stabilised Mr Bowers (47), who is from Whitianga, before he was flown to Dunedin Hospital about 9.30pm, a MNZ spokeswoman said.

    Mr Bowers' mother, Mary, said her son had a ''total, horrible accident'' as he was putting on his life jacket.
    ''Part of it caught in a belt that was moving, and it tore his shoulder out and mutilated his arm a bit. He's had part of his arm cut off. Horrific.''

    Mr Bowers' dislocated shoulder had to be put back into place, while his forearm had to be amputated below the elbow.
    Mr Bowers' uncle, George Robertson, said his nephew had been climbing up towards the ship's deck when the life jacket was caught in a conveyor belt.

    ''It yanked him in there, tore his left arm right out of the socket.''

    Mr Robertson said his nephew was expected to remain in hospital for at least two weeks.

  • #2
    Old emergency beacon in rubbish tip sparks false search

    Tasmanian police are urging people to dispose of their old emergency beacons properly, after a rescue helicopter searched for one which was eventually found in a rubbish tip.

    Police say the signal from the older model EPIRB was detected about 7.30pm yesterday.

    The helicopter's crew had to dig through rubbish to find and disable the device

    After an hour in the air, the helicopter crew tracked the signal to a rubbish tip near Railton in the state's north.
    The crew then had to dig through rubbish to find and disable it.

    Acting Inspector Simon Conroy says while the the older beacons have been phased out, they need to be disposed of properly.
    He says if they are accidentally activated they can waste emergency service time and resources.

    Information on how to dispose of EPIRBs can be found on the Marine and Safety Tasmania website.

    "We would prefer that they are taken to those types of locations and then they'll be disposed off properly," he said.
    "It takes rescue assets from potentially another emergency where it would be better utilised."


    • #3
      Scilly’s Healthwatch Meets Officials Over New Search And Rescue Service

      Scilly’s Healthwatch group has met with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to discuss medical evacuation plans when the Culdrose search and rescue helicopter service ends.

      Contractor Bristow takes over on January 1st 2016.

      Some islanders have voiced concern that the new operator won’t have the local knowledge, but Jane Hurd, who attended the mainland meeting, says the MCA pointed out that the majority of pilots are transferring over from Culdrose to the new base at Newquay.

      The current search and rescue head will also make the move.

      There will be one operational helicopter at Newquay, and one on stand-by, but only one crew available. It’s the same arrangement as currently operated with Culdrose.

      Jane was told that Scilly can be reached from three or four other bases without refuelling if needed.

      One development with the new S92 helicopters will be the use of broadband or 3G to send images of injuries ahead to the hospital. A paramedic will also be part of the onboard crew

      But Jane reported that, as is the case currently, arrangements for hospital-to-hospital evacuations remain a grey area and more discussions will need to take place.

      Healthwatch says that representatives from the MCA and contractor Bristow are willing to visit Scilly and she suggests that the offer is pursued.


      • #4
        Baby rescued after boat hits rocks

        SYDNEY, Jan 27 AAP - Eight people, including a baby, have been rescued after a catamaran ran aground on the NSW south coast.

        Local lifesavers, Marine Rescue NSW and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter were called in after the vessel struck rocks at Caseys Beach, Batehaven, about 4pm (AEDT) on Monday afternoon.

        A rescue crewman was winched onto the boat from the rescue helicopter and all passengers were brought to shore on an inflatable rescue boat.

        Rescuers say no one was hurt.

        "Everybody seems to be okay," Marine Rescue Batemans Bay watchkeeper Peter O'Connor told AAP moments after the transfer.
        The catamaran has since been salvaged.

        It's believed a navigational error may have been to blame.

        Andrew Edmunds from Surf Life Saving Far South Coast told AAP it was a "textbook" rescue.


        • #5
          Indian Air Force helicopter rescues 203 people from remote area of Kishtwar

          An IAF helicopter unit today rescued more than 200 people trapped in remote areas of Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir for the last two days.

          "130 Helicopter Unit at Jammu undertook an operation of rescuing stranded people from the inaccessible villages of Kishtwar.

          Flying in piercing snow waves and extreme cold conditions, IAF's MI-17 helicopter in assistance with local administration airlifted 203 stranded people in 10 sorties from remote parts of Kishtwar region," an IAF release said.

          The operation was carried out by Wing Commander Suresh Tiwari, Co-pilot Wing Commander Anup Sharma and Squadron Leader Shiv.

          The aircraft took off at 0730 hrs and carried out the operations in freezing temperature of minus 10 degree Celsius.


          • #6
            Helicopter winches three women to safety near Newquay

            A helicopter has winched three women to safety on the North Cornwall coast. The women were trapped halfway up the cliffs at Whipsiderry near Newquay.

            Cliff rescue teams from Newquay and Padstow rushed to the scene but were unable to get to the women due to the overhang of the cliff.

            The Newquay lifeboat tried unsuccessfully to rescue the women but left one crew member with them while they waited for the helicopter.

            A Falmouth Coastguard spokesman said: "There was an overhang so it was decided the best way to get them off was with the Chivenor helicopter."

            The RAF Chivenor rescue helicopter winched the women to safety and by approximately 5.30pm they were reported to be safe and well.


            • #7
              Cape CG helicopter crew transports injured baby off Nantucket

              BOSTON — A U.S. Coast Guard air crew flew a 3-month-old baby boy from Nantucket to Boston Children’s Hospital on Wednesday.

              1st Coast Guard District in Boston received a call at 10:20 a.m. from Nantucket Cottage Hospital about an infant who had sustained a severe head injury and possible skull fracture, according to a U.S. Coast Guard press release today.

              Commercial medical flight crews couldn’t fly into Nantucket because of snow. So Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to assist.

              The rescue crew arrived at 11:25 a.m. and picked up the infant along with a registered nurse, the release stated.
              Awaiting medical crews at Boston Logan Airport transported the infant to Boston Children’s Hospital.

              “These air crews are trained to perform rescues, even if they aren’t necessarily rescues at sea,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, 1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “In a case like this, where we can make a real difference, we fall back on the fact that we’re a rescue organization first and foremost.”

              In 2013, the Coast Guard conducted 11 non-maritime medical transports to assist fellow first responders throughout the Northeast, the release stated.


              • #8
                Fishermen rescued after boat damaged off Cornwall

                A group of fishermen had to be rescued after their boat was damaged in rough seas off the north Cornwall coast.

                Falmouth Coastguard said it was first contacted about the French fishing boat Le Sillon just before 4pm yesterday.

                They reported the boat, carrying six men, had been hit by a number of large waves and it was drifting approximately five miles off Trevose Head after losing power and steering. The wind at the time was gusting up to 60mph.

                The RNLI all-weather lifeboat from Padstow, along with the search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, was sent to the scene.

                Five of the crew were picked up by the Royal Navy helicopter and the other crew member was recovered by the lifeboat. There are no reported injuries.

                Martin Bidmead, watch manager at Falmouth Coastguard, said conditions had been “treacherous with gale force winds, high tides and heavy rain”.

                He added: “Our advice is simple, please don’t take risks. But if you do get into difficulty, or spot someone who might be in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

                Last edited by Aviafora Newsdesk; 2nd February 2014, 14:54.


                • #9
                  Thousands sign Portland Coastguard helicopter base petition

                  A 100,000-strong petition has been handed in to parliament in protest at plans to close the Portland Coastguard helicopter base.

                  The Dorset site is expected to close in 2017.

                  Cover for the Portland area will be provided by helicopters at Lee on Solent, Hampshire and Culdrose in Cornwall

                  The Government said modern helicopters operating from fewer bases could provide a more reliable service.

                  The petition stated: "Petitioners believe that there may be lives lost as a result of losing this search and rescue facility."

                  The petition requests the House of Commons "urges the Department for Transport to reverse the decision to close Portland coastguard helicopter base".

                  'Fight continues'

                  Rescue services will be centralised at a new Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham in three years time.

                  The Conservative MP for South Dorset Richard Drax, who has led the campaign against the closure, said: "Our fight to retain the helicopter continues."

                  Search and rescue operations are currently provided by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), which uses Sea King helicopters from eight military bases, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), which operates from four civilian bases.

                  The government hopes to "improve levels of service while reducing costs", and said the current set-up dated back 40 years and "cannot stand still".

                  Coastguard stations will also close as a result of the centralised centre - Solent station in Hampshire and Portland in Dorset will close in September, Brixham in Devon will shut in November.

                  Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex and Crosby in Merseyside are also designated for closure.

                  The new Maritime Operations Centre in Segensworth, will be run alongside nine other 24-hour centres around the UK.


                  • #10
                    Helicopter Crew Rescue Boy of 6

                    Capt. G.D. Weber knows he carries a heavy weight, beyond the weight of the Pedro search and rescue helicopter he pilots.

                    On Monday, the weight he and the rest of his crew carried was that of a 6-year-old boy who nearly drowned while on a cruise ship off the North Carolina coast.

                    While the crew from Marine Transport Squadron 1 treats every mission the same, Weber said he couldn’t help but think of the child dangling in a stretcher being hoisted to his HH-46E helicopter.

                    “I know hovering and holding those controls, having my Marines underneath my helicopter every day, is a heavy enough responsibility,” Weber said Tuesday, “but when I look down and see a kid in a stretcher all bundled up coming up from off the deck of this giant ship way out at sea in international waters, I definitely felt it yesterday. It was good to get him up and get going to the hospital.”

                    The search and rescue helicopter from Cherry Point flew 22 miles off Cape Lookout Monday to rescue the child, flying the victim to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern. The child’s name was not released, so a condition from the hospital was not available.


                    • #11
                      Spanish cargo ship breaks up of the coast of France 12 crew rescued by helicopter


                      • #12
                        Police helicopter used to tell people to evacuate floods in Somerset UK


                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          No 'higher calling' for the helicopter .. than it's use in rescuing people!

                      • #13
                        Coastguard helicopter medi-vac for injured Norwegian stewardess

                        Severe weather has been causing chaos on the islands – and in the surrounding seas as a ship steward was airlifted to Western Isles Hospital.

                        The 45 year old Chief Stewardess of Norwegian supply ship ‘Troms Castor’ was evacuated from the vessel by Stornoway Coastguard helicopter at 11pm on Friday, January 24th.

                        Stornoway Coastguard S-92

                        The ship had been at sea for a month on passage from St Johns, Canada, to Bergen in Norway, and was around 40miles north east of the Butt of Lewis when struck by a huge lump of water in the extreme storms battering the islands that weekend.

                        The Stewardess was thrown to one side, sustaining a nasty shoulder injury – and in a great deal of pain, she eventually agreed to a medi-vac and transfer to Western Isles Hospital.

                        She said: “The accident happened some hours before, but I could not take any more pain.

                        “I was amazed and really thankful at how quick the helicopter was in coming for me.

                        “In less than an hour from first contact it was overhead with the winchman dangling above the deck as the ship rose and fell in gigantic waves, and in the dark they took good care of me.”

                        After treatment and discharge from hospital, the Stewardess visited Stornoway Coastguard to thank them and especially the professionalism of the chopper pilot.

                        While she was in Western Isles Hospital, the casualty also had a surprise visitor.

                        An ex-shipmate, an Engineering Officer from Lewis on the world’s largest cable laying ship (Lewek Connector) where she had previously worked, read of her predicament on Facebook and asked his wife to visit.

                        The stewardess also spoke of how impressed she was by the kind care of the medical staff and A&E and Medical 1 ward, saying: “Back home in Norway you can choose which hospital to get treatment in, and if this one was in Norway it would be my choice!”
                        Once out of hospital, she was looked after by Stornoway Fishermen’s Mission who provided hotel accommodation and arranged repatriation several days later back to her Oslo home.

                        The Mission’s Superintendent Finlay Macleod added: “In severe pain and unable to endure any more, she finally consented to evacuation, with many worries and concerns when taken to hospital.

                        “It is hard to describe the gratitude this courageous young lady seafarer from Sweden had for the emergency services.”


                        • #14
                          HMS Gannet named Scotland's busiest search and rescue unit

                          Scotland’s busiest search and rescue unit responded to more than 300 call outs last year.

                          Crews based at the Royal Navy’s HMS Gannet in Prestwick, Ayrshire, came to the aid of 327 people in 2013, according to new figures.

                          A crew member is winched from a Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet during a training exercise

                          The base’s three Sea King Mark 5 aircraft were called out to 329 incidents, making it the second busiest search and rescue unit in the UK after RAF Valley on Anglesey in Wales.

                          The figure is up from 298 call outs in 2012 when a total of 285 people were rescued.

                          HMS Gannet covers an area of around 98,000 square miles, including northern England, Northern Ireland, southern, central and western Scotland and 200 miles out into the Atlantic.

                          Government figures show it responded to 43% of 878 helicopter call outs in Scotland last year. The remainder saw crews tasked from the country’s three other search and rescue bases - RAF Lossiemouth and the Coastguard at Stornoway and Sumburgh on Shetland.

                          HMS Gannet commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Andy Drodge, said: “I am incredibly proud of HMS Gannet’s contribution to Scotland and the UK’s search and rescue organisation.

                          “This is a true testament to the professionalism, grit and determination not only of the aircrew, but also the maintenance and support staff which keeps our helicopters ready to fly at a moment’s notice.

                          “I must also acknowledge the many agencies with which we work and commend their skill and professional capabilities.
                          “In particular, the police, ambulance, fire and coastguard services, the medical authorities, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and the enormously committed mountain rescue teams - both the RNLI and the MRTs rely entirely on volunteers to do their jobs, which makes their contribution to the search and rescue community yet more remarkable.

                          “We work very closely, too, with the other helicopter SAR units - the Coastguard in Stornoway and the RAF in both Lossiemouth and Boulmer in Northumberland - and we thoroughly appreciate support we have been given from them.”


                          • #15
                            Snowdon walker airlifted after being injured in avalanche

                            A walker was airlifted to hospital after being caught in an avalanche on Wales’s highest mountain.

                            The man was struck by the avalanche on the Pyg Track on Snowdon, one of the most popular ascent routes up the 1,085m (3,560ft) mountain.

                            Rescuers guide the RAF Sea King helicopter

                            Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 1.20pm today, Saturday, after the man who was with another walker, was injured in the incident about 200m above the interchange where paths meet the mountain railway.

                            Many of the team were on another rescue so the Llanberis rescuers requested help from the neighbouring Aberglaslyn MRT.
                            Seven of the team made their way to the scene on the mountain, which was covered in low cloud.

                            An Aberglaslyn MRT spokesperson said: “Once on scene, the male reported to have been knocked unconscious for over 15 minutes as a result of the avalanche and complained of a numbness to his lower back area.

                            “He was immediately immobilised with a vacuum mattress, a specialist piece of equipment which moulds to the shape of the casualty to prevent any movement of the spine and secured into a stretcher.

                            “The casualty was then stretchered a considerable distance down the peak in full winter conditions to Llyn Glaslyn, where he was evacuated by an RAF rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.”
                            The rescue took 4½ hours.


                            • #16
                              Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Rescue

                              Three groups of hikers with a total of 19 people had to be rescued after becoming stranded near high, fast-moving waters. Two were in the Sespe Creek area.

                              The first group of 12 sent a call for help Friday. The group from San Luis Obispo area and were on a the fourth day of a five-day backpacking trip when they became trapped by fast-moving water near Sespe Creek.

                              On Friday, three Los Angeles County men also became stranded in the Sespe Creek area. They were on a rock shelf above the rising river, so hoist operations were conducted to lift them out.

                              After that rescue Saturday, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office aviation unit assisted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the rescue of four trapped hikers facing rising waters near the creek at Malibu State Park.


                              • #17
                                Royal Navy crew battles 60mph winds to rescue pair stuck on Glencoe peak

                                Two walkers were airlifted from a Glencoe mountain after spending the night on the peak.

                                The crew of a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter battled 60mph winds in the rescue and had to abort one attempt to get to the two men on Buachaille Etive Mòr.

                                Lieutenant Commander Rob Suckling battles his way to the rescuees

                                The pilot said he was worried his aircraft would be blown off the summit ridge during the rescue on the 1,022m (3,353ft) peak.

                                The two walkers had to make an unscheduled bivvy on the mountain-top yesterday in icy winds.

                                The Royal Navy said the pair were mildly hypothermic and very tired. One of them had a minor leg injury, but they were otherwise unharmed.

                                They had not intended to spend the night on the Buachaille but had got caught out in the conditions as darkness fell. The men were well equipped and raised the alarm in the morning.

                                The Royal Navy crew from HMS Gannet in Ayrshire was scrambled at 9am and flew to Glencoe and the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team was called out and made its way to the foot of the mountain. The helicopter crew quickly found the walkers but the strong winds were creating both strong up- and downdraughts.

                                Lieutenant Commander Martin Lanni, aircraft commander and one of the Sea King pilots, said: “Although we found the walkers very quickly, we had to abort our first attempt to get in close to them.

                                “The helicopter was caught in a strong downdraught and, as we were unable to hold any kind of stable position safely, we were forced to fly away from the scene.

                                “At the second attempt, however, we did manage to get in closer. We considered winching to reach them, but, again, the volatile, strong wind – this time creating strong updraughts – was causing us to have to fight to maintain any kind of steady hover.

                                “We elected instead to try and land the helicopter, which we did manage relatively close to the walkers, although I was concerned the updraughts might actually blow us off the mountain.

                                “It was one of the few times I wished the 9.5-tonne helicopter was a bit heavier.

                                The Royal Navy Sea King which faced winds in excess of 60 mph

                                “The summit of the mountain was completely covered in snow and the bitterly cold wind was whipping up clouds of ice, even though the sky looked clear and sunny.

                                “Our observer Lieutenant Commander Rob Suckling battled his way across to the walkers – at one point he had to sit down on the snow for fear he was going to be blown over on the exposed ridge – checked they were OK and got them safely on board the aircraft.

                                “I’d say they were pretty relieved to see us.

                                “We then transited carefully down the mountain to deliver them into the care of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team at the bottom.”

                                The helicopter, by then light on fuel, diverted to Killin to take on more before returning to base at Prestwick.

                                A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “The men and women of HMS Gannet serve on a frontline, albeit one within the UK, in the mountains and above the seas of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.

                                “But, for some of the aircrew who have returned from serving in Afghanistan, whether with the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines or on exchange with the other services, it is an ideal environment to maintain skills used in operational theatre, while for others the terrain offers an excellent training ground in advance of deployment.

                                “The sometimes extreme weather, harsh mountainous terrain and the skills involved in not only operating the aircraft and equipment, but also in conducting rescues and saving lives within a hostile environment, combines to make it an exceptional preparation ground for serving alongside their forces colleagues in the skies of Afghanistan.”

                                In recent years, several members of the unit have been recognised for some of their endeavours and bravery, including four Air Force Crosses and one Queen’s Gallantry Medal.


                                • #18
                                  Windsurfer Rescued from David's Island, New York

                                  Westchester's celebrated County Police Aviation Unit once again saved the day on Thursday when they rescued a windsurfer who had gone out on the Long Island Sound but was unable to make his way back to the mainland.

                                  The incident began at about 7:40 pm when New Rochelle Police received a 911 call from a person on shore who said he had observed a windsurfer out on Long Island Sound falling off the board. The caller further stated that the windsurfer was clinging to the board and had drifted out of sight.

                                  Westchester County Police Aviation Unit Bell 407 helicopter

                                  The county police Aviation Unit responded by conducting a search of the Long Island Sound between the Glen Island-David’s Island area in New Rochelle and Orchard Beach in the Bronx using their onboard heat-seeking and night-vision technology. Unable to locate the man on the water the Unit then conducted a sweep of David’s Island where it was discovered the windsurfer had made it to the southwestern portion of the island.

                                  The county police helicopter, a Bell 407 fitted with specialist police and rescue equipment, landed on David’s Island and was able to retrieve the 26-year-old Mount Vernon resident and his board. He was then flown back to the mainland at Glen Island Park where he was evaluated for hypothermia by paramedics.

                                  The Westchester county police helicopter was piloted during this mission by Pilot Officer Peter Pucillo and the officer onboard, who operated the heating-seeking FLIR and night vision technology, was Tactical Flight Officer Michael Brady.


                                  • #19
                                    Sumburgh Sikorsky on the Blink!

                                    A Sumburgh rescue helicopter returned to base for the second time in as many days after developing an engine warning light shortly after taking off on a routine training flight.

                                    HM Coastguard's S-92 G-SARC

                                    Airport staff summoned the emergency services as a precaution after Golf Charlie alerted them that the fault warning light had come back on. The helicopter landed safely a minute later.

                                    Around the same time yesterday, Golf Charlie, one of two search and rescue Sikorsky S-92s based at Sumburgh, returned to the airport after a warning light, believed to be for the same fault, came on while the helicopter was on a training flight.

                                    A Shetland Coastguard spokeswoman said that the helicopter had only travelled around quarter-of-a-mile from the airport before turning back. A different four-man crew was on-board from the one involved in yesterday’s incident.


                                    • #20
                                      French Gendames EC145 Rescue


                                      • #21
                                        From the Rescue Archives:


                                        • #22
                                          The Snohomish County Air Operations Unit have released the following video in relation to their operations in the wake of the mudslide which occurred in Washington State on 22nd March:


                                          • #23
                                            South Korean Ferry Rescue

                                            More than 280 people, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

                                            The ferry was carrying 462 people, of whom 174 have been rescued, coastguard officials said. Four people were confirmed dead, but as frantic rescue operations continued late into the night under light from flares, hopes were fading for the 284 unaccounted for.

                                            It was not immediately clear why the Sewol ferry listed heavily on to its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast, but some survivors spoke of a loud noise prior to the disaster.



                                            • #24
                                              Mother and Daughter Found

                                              A search for a 44-year-old mother and her 11-year-old daughter who were hiking in the Tarza Falls Park on the island of Guam in the South Pacific has resulted in success after an all night search by a US Navy Black Hawk helicopter spotted the missing pair and hoisted them to safety.

                                              US Navy rescue Black Hawk

                                              44 year old Monique Duenas and her 11 year old daughter Ilaria are reported to be tired, and dehydrated, but safe and unharmed. The helicopter crew reportedly saw the pair in a clearing waving up to them. The woman and child are the wife and daughter of Mt. Carmel Music Director Dave Duenas.

                                              GFD Lt. Ed Artero said they got the call about 7pm last night and a search was launched immediately. The search went on all night, without interruption he said and reported that the pair have been taken to US Naval Hospital for evaluation. "The pair has been found safe and sound and the search is over" he said.


                                              • #25
                                                RAF Sea King Rescues Man from River Taw in Barnstaple

                                                An RAF Sea King rescue helicopter from Chivenor was called out to Barnstaple this afternoon (Monday 21st) after reports of a man jumping from the bridge.

                                                Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 2.45pm after a 64-year-old man from the North Devon area reportedly jumped from Barnstaple old bridge. Police thereafter managed to get the man out of the water and onto the riverbank.

                                                The Sea King holicopter was then seen hovering over the riverbed and then winching the man from the scene.

                                                The man was taken to North Devon Hospital for treatment, though his condition is not known.



                                                • #26
                                                  Virginia State Police: James River Rescue

                                                  A person was airlifted from the middle of the James River Wednesday morning in Richmond Virginia.

                                                  The person who was rescued had apparently jumped into the river off of the Powhite Parkway bridge, according to eye witnesses.

                                                  After floating down river for about 150 feet the person was washed up onto a rock.

                                                  Richmond river rescue and a Virginia State Police helicopter arrived to assist with in the rescue. Officials said the victim’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.



                                                  • #27
                                                    Mi-26's Deployed to Rescue Train Crash Victims

                                                    Two Mi-26 helicopters have been deployed by the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations in the wake of a train accident which has occurred near Moscow involving the collision of a freight train with a passenger train. Approximately 160 people will be airlifted from the accident site to Moscow.

                                                    Two Mi-26's were deployed near Moscow today to aid in the recovery of 160 people from a rail crash

                                                    Russia's Transport Department is citing a broken rail as the cause of the accident although this is yet to be confirmed.

                                                    6 people were killed and 29 injured in the accident.


                                                    • #28
                                                      Cable Car Rescue in France

                                                      37 people were stuck for several hours in a cable car high above the Isère capital Grenoble yesterday evening.

                                                      They eventually had to be rescued by helicopter (see video below).

                                                      High winds caused one of the cables to slip out of the drive mechanism forcing operators to shut down the system.

                                                      Before repairs could be made those stuck in the cars had to be rescued.

                                                      No injuries were reported.



                                                      • #29
                                                        Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations EC145's Deployed in Support of Moscow Subway Crash

                                                        Russian EC145's to the rescue in Moscow today

                                                        The EMERCOM 145's were called-out in response to a major subway crash in Moscow

                                                        Train crash victims were being shuttled to hospital by a relay of EMERCOM 145's this afternoon

                                                        EMERCOM EC145's line-up to rescue

                                                        One of Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) EC145's (Photo: Дмитрий)

                                                        Subway train derails in Moscow


                                                        • #30
                                                          Rescue Mission in Iraq

                                                          Testimonies emerging from rescue missions flown in Iraq today.