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Northumberland, England (Northumberland Gazette) - Come the end of this month, the yellow helicopters that are such a familar sight in the skies over Northumberland will be no more. The launch of the civilian UK search and rescue helicopter service was marked in February this year.

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Homer, Alaska (Homer News) - A Homer man survived a night about 200 feet up a 300-foot tall bluff near the Baycrest Hill turnout before being rescued by Alaska Air National Guard helicopter crews, pararescuemen, and combat rescue officers with the 210th and 212th squadrons.

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Australia (abc.net.au) - The SouthCare helicopter has just completed its busiest ever year since it began operating in 1998. The rescue helicopter, which services people in the ACT and south-eastern New South Wales region, responded to more than 509 missions over the past financial year.

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New Zealand (stuff.co.nz) - Search and rescue teams will scour Mt Taranaki for avalanche survivors this weekend in one of the biggest training exercises held in the region. The Taranaki Alpine Cliff Rescue Team, Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation, Taranaki Rescue helicopter, and police S&R teams from the Central Districts will take part in the operation.

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(Times-Picayune) - You could try to get a handle on the Coast Guard's Hurricane Katrina response in numbers, tallying up aircrews, flights and rescues. A new documentary, "Paratus 14:50" measures it in blood, sweat and tears.

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The Press Enterprise - Cal Fire pilot Desiree Horton held a UH-1H Super Huey helicopter steady as a hoist cable lowered a firefighter 100 feet to a injured "patient" waiting below. The firefighter attached a harness to the patient and both were lifted in Helicopter 305's cabin one at a time.

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Frisco, Colo. (CBS4) - An Army veteran badly injured in the Colorado high county reunited with the Flight for Life helicopter crew that he credits with saving his life.

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al.com - Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's aviation unit helped rescue a missing 71-year-old man in Montgomery. A helicopter was able to locate Leroy Hails and guide ground units to his location using the Project Lifesaver system.

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West Yellowstone (ktvq.com) - The Montana National Guard assisted in a search and rescue mission near Blue Paradise Lake northwest of West Yellowstone, retrieving three missing hikers from the backcountry.

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Ireland (Limerick Leader) - A 17-year-old male from Limerick was dramatically airlifted from Kilkee to University Hospital Limerick after sustaining head injuries.

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