Story: Search and rescue

Wellington’s first airborne life raft

Wellington’s first airborne life raft

From left: Wellington Search and Rescue personnel R. A. Mackay, C. K. Watson, W. G. L. Barrell, Captain G. Henry and Inspector I. Croxford display the first air-drop life raft to be used in the Wellington region, in December 1973. Inflatable life rafts that could be dropped from planes were introduced in New Zealand in the early 1970s. They made it possible to help people in trouble at sea, if they could not be reached quickly by boat or helicopter.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1973/5393/8A

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Search and rescue - Rescue equipment and techniques', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007