Chopper Rescue Stories

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

 

 

High sea Raglan rescue

On March the 3rd 2012 the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded to a mission about 30k off Raglan’s coast for a 10 metre yacht in difficulty wi…

Baby born mid-air

A baby girl was born in a mid-air mercy dash on February the 25th in the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter after her mother Ngaire, went in to labour…

Simon Alex’s Story

In April 2012, 18 year old Simon Alex had a very lucky escape with death.

He was assisting with the homekill slaughter of a cow in Kumeu, when the bu…

Early Arrival

My daughter Amelia was born 5 weeks early at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim and although she was a good weight she was having problems breathing. She was…

Craig Webb’s story

Craig Webb was on Waiheke Island doing a site assessment for work – suddenly his foot got caught under a root and his other foot slipped down the bank…

The relief of hearing a chopper arrive

The New Zealand farming community relies on rescue helicopters as they work in isolated rural situations. Nowhere is this service appreciated more kee…

Ursula Dunn’s story

Ursula Dunn’s story

A trip to White Island went horribly wrong for 64 year old Rotorua resident Ursula Dunn when she slipped near the highest point of the island. She fel…

Rachelle Stables’ story

Rachelle Stables’ story

Rachelle Stables had just bathed her dog and had walked outside to hang up the washing when she slipped and fell on to her back. She couldn’t move at …

Anthony Lindsay’s story

It was Easter 2010 when 50 year old Anthony Lindsay contracted a very rare respiratory problem. He was initially admitted to Tauranga Hospital but his…