Chopper Rescue Stories

Every year, New Zealand's rescue choppers help thousands of New Zealanders across the country.

 

 

Lincoln's story

Lincoln's story

“What stood out with Lincoln was he was wearing bright red shoes. Any indicator like that, something that’s not the right colour or not the right shap…

Oscar's story

Oscar's story

“Brave Oscar had suffered a spiral fracture and broken his femur, the largest and one of the strongest bones in the human body.”Srey, her husband Tim …

Paris' story

What should’ve been a day to let off steam before senior exams at a West Auckland beach quickly turned with the tide for 16 year old Paris, her older …

Willow's story

Willow's story

“If I hear a helicopter overhead I feel sick thinking about the family that needed to call them for help. I will never forget that feeling of fear, an…

Jazmin and Jan

Jazmin and Jan

“I was unconscious for my trip in the chopper, I woke up in the ICU and Mum told me what had happened. Every time we see a Westpac Rescue Helicopter, …

Alan and Stewart

Alan and Stewart

‘The ground gave way beneath me. I bounced off the side of the cliff on the way down. With my arm broken, my attempt to grab a tree was in vain. Once …

Helen and Steve

Helen and Steve

“There was so much noise, I felt like my truck was airborne and I was floating. My seat had broken and I was thrown into the back. Then I remember the…

Thank goodness for the choppers

Thank goodness for the choppers

Te Araroa’s Sonya Howland was at home with her husband, a family friend and three children when a fall off a chair left her in agonising pain. Sonya w…

No brakes, results in 14 breaks

No brakes, results in 14 breaks

John Smith was thanking his lucky stars and fast thinking for saving the lives of both himself and his brother one fateful day in March. The Bell Bloc…

I lived because of my rescue helicopter

I lived because of my rescue helicopter

On 7th September 2013 just on a year ago I had been walking through the redwoods, watched some kayaking and was settled in for a rugby match. I experi…