The bird's eye on saving lives

Luke Parker
The bird's eye on saving lives

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter service plays a vital role in communities across the country. Its crewmen work tirelessly to save Kiwi lives. Last year there were more than 5,500 rescues around New Zealand.

To highlight its work, REDnews will run occasional rescues and other aspects of their work.

Police Dog and Handler Rescue

Added 26 August 2014

The Life Flight team recently winched a very well-behaved Police dog and his handler into their Westpac Rescue Helicopter after a search for three lost hikers near Wellington.

Searchers located two of the missing men at 5am after a long night in the bush. Life Flight then winched the hikers and Police officers to safety.

Fortunately the third man was able to make his own way out of the bush on foot unharmed. A great result with all three safe and sound.


Alpine Rescue

Added 5 August 2014

An experienced tramper in his early 80’s has to be winched out of The Razorback mountain range in Canterbury after slipping and falling approximately 100ft. He sustained nasty lacerations, grazes and a concussion in the accident. The rescue helicopter was called after friends hiked down to an area with cell phone coverage. See how it all unfolds…


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