Chopper Rescue Stories

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

 

 

Gavin Bratty, seven years on.

In 2004, 11-year-old Gavin Bratty, was on his way home from a weekend of snowboarding with a group of friends when their van was struck by an oncoming…

Gavin’s Dad’s story.

When Peter, Gavin’s Dad, found out that Gavin had been in a terrible accident, his first thought was that they were going to lose a second child. The …

Car Accident 5kms from home

On the 1st of Feb 2012, I was involved in a pretty major car crash 5kms from home. We were pulling out of an intersection when we got hit by another c…

A Close Call

On 27th January 2013 (a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon), my partner and I were at a BBQ with a group of friends in Whangamata. As the weather was so…

Motutapu Island Broken Ankle

I was doing a 30km mountain bike race on Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands.  Unfortunately I fell off breaking my ankle in 3 places. The Westpac Helicopt…

My Mum

I was 11yrs old when my Mum had a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage. We lived out in the Akatarawa Valley, north of Upper Hutt. An ambulance couldn't get…

Quinn urgently need help

3 year old Quinn was found unconscious and not breathing on the bottom of a public swimming pool.  His mother Serena is full of praise for those who c…

My Heroes

I slipped and fell while going for a bush walk, badly fracturing my leg. The Fire Brigade and St Johns Ambulance attended, then they decided to call t…

I would have been paralysed

Heading down the freeway, a few hours away from Christchurch and in the middle of 'no-where'. A campervan lost its control and hit us in a head on col…