Story: Lifesaving and surfing

Helicopter rescue

Helicopter rescue

The use of helicopters to rescue swimmers dates back to 1970, when a service was established in Auckland. Now the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in Auckland, like those elsewhere, responds to a wide range of medical emergencies and accidents, including surf rescue.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Lifesaving and surfing - Surf lifesaving today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 May 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006