Nelson Rescue Helicopter

Pair swept 250m out to sea

The tourists were attempting to swim to one of the Archway Islands off Wharariki Beach when they were caught in a rip.

The sight of the tide creeping up on their bags set a dramatic rescue in motion.

To keep or throw away

President Barack Obama during a 2012 visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where exhibits include 4000 pairs of shoes from those killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

I've been throwing things away this summer.

Man airlifted from Sounds

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter rescues a man from Lochmara Bay, Marlborough Sounds.

An Auckland man was rescued from the Marlborough Sounds on Sunday.

Christmas winch for rescue helicopter video

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter crew member Paul "Ernie" Bryant with the rescue helicopter's new Breeze Eastern winch.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter's new winch is ready for summer.

Skinny dippers stranded

Tahunanui Beach near Nelson, where the skinny dippers were rescued.

Two teenagers had to be rescued by police in Nelson after a skinny dipping adventure went wrong.

Driver cut from car after crash

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter lands on the road at the scene of a single-car crash on State Highway 6, near Murchison.

Man flown to hospital after crashing his car into a ditch on State Highway 6 near Murchison.

Teen seriously injured in bike crash

A 17-year-old motocross rider was seriously injuried in a crash near Wakefield on Sunday.

A teenage motocross rider sustained serious injuries after falling heavily from his bike near Wakefield.

New car for rescue helicopter

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter chief pilot Tim Douglas-Clifford, centre, is presented with a donated rapid response vehicle by John Litton, Freemason Grand Master New Zealand, and Bruce Pagan, Freemason District Grand Master Nelson Marlborough.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust is cruising in style after a generous gift from the local Freemasons.

Rescue chopper misses out on funding

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter crew member Paul Bryant.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter's application for lottery funding had been denied. 

Memories of brother spark chopper fundraiser

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Stephen Sowman in hospital after his crash.

After her brother survived a crash but died from a heart attack, Andy Wallace wants to give something back to the service that saved him.

Let's pull together for new winch

Nelson fisherman Stu Reardon down at the fisherman's wharf has been winched off stricken vessels twice by a rescue helicopter.

After being rescued twice, fisherman Stu Reardon knows first hand the value of a rescue helicopter with a winch.

Fishing trip ends in mayday call

A Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter paramedic attends to an injured person from the launch Maraqeta near French Pass.

A fishing trip took a dramatic turn when a leak and a broken leg resulted in a mayday call. 

Rescue chopper needs urgent help video

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter crew train with crew on the fishing vessel Annie for a helicopter winch demonstration at the Blessing of the fleet.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter urgently needs funds to replace its life-saving winch.

Pedal plane joins fleet video

Paul Bryant with Chloe Blincoe, 7 and the replica P51 Mustang pedal aircraft he built, while not crewing on the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

It might be small, but this little Mustang is sure to impress even the most discerning aviation fan.

Pilot seriously injured in Westland chopper crash

Three men have survived a helicopter crash near Poerua Glacier in Westland.

Helicopter sent to rescue two overdue hunters comes down near a West Coast glacier.

Student on school trip rescued

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

A Nelson College student on a school tramping trip was airlifted to hospital after dislocating his knee.

Irish music festival highlight of holiday weekend

Irish musicians Aoife Granville and Niall Beaglaoich (Niall Begley).

Irish music lovers can soak up quality Irish music at the annual Ceol Aneas music festival in Nelson at Queen's Birthday weekend.

Generosity amazes closing retailer

Funds raised through Nelson's Himalaya Store are being used to buy food and shelter for villages in Nepal

The owner of a Nelson shop set to close this week says is amazed at support for her Nepal earthquake relief efforts.

Woman injured in crash

The Jeep Compass that crashed on State Highway 6, north of the Whangamoa Saddle, on Saturday.

A car crash, motocross mishap and packhouse accident made for a busy Saturday for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

Call to support rescue 'miracles' video

Brian Jacobsen with Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter crew member Hamish Pirie. Jacobsen says he owes his life to the rescue helicopter and it's crew as does other members of his extended family that have used the service.

Brian Jacobsen says if it wasn't for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter, he would be dead.

Busy day for Rescue Helicopter

A rescue helicopter made two trips to Golden Bay overnight

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter has rescued a man who sustained a leg injury on a building site in Golden Bay on Friday evening.

Mountainbiker airlifted to hospital

A paramedic was winched from the
Nelson Marlborough Rescue
Helicopter to the scene of a
mountainbike accident in Kaiteriteri.

Ten-year-old boy airlifted to hospital after suffering head and facial injuries on Sunday.

Plan to link hospitals

Fewer patients will be transferred by helicopter between Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, and Nelson Hospital with the
introduction of a scheduled ambulance service run by St John.

A daily service between Wairau and Nelson will reduce the number of helicopter transfers.

Callouts sky-high in summer video

Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter

The height of summer is always a busy time for the Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter team and this season is proving no different.

Two air rescues over night

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter had a straightforward rescue after a tramper and his son activated an emergency beacon.

A tramper and a mountain biker have been rescued by helicopter, in a busy month for emergency services.

Busy new year for emergency services

Rescue helicopter staff and emergency services responded to a raft of weekend call-outs.

Rescue helicopter busy

The Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter had a busy day on January 1, with three callouts that came almost back-to-back.

Rescue chopper demand begins

A 17-year-old mountain biker who was injured in a fall from his bike at the Kaiteriteri
mountain bike park yesterday was flown to Nelson Hospital for treatment.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter has started its busy summer season, rescuing people in medical emergencies.

Busy day for rescue helicopter

Two separate outdoor incidents yesterday saw the Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter called out to take patients to Nelson Hospital.

Rescue chopper gifted gadget

founder John
Wyllie, left,
and Nelson
crewman Paul
Bryant with
latest piece of

A $20,000 piece of technology has been gifted to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter to help improve search and communication capabilities.

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