Dramatic search and ‘rescue’ in Auckland Harbour

23 May 2017

A dramatic search and rescue demonstration will take place on Auckland Harbour from 2.30 pm tomorrow (Wednesday), involving a US Coast Guard plane, a rescue helicopter winching people from the water and flares.

“We’re demonstrating methods used in real rescues,” says Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand manager Mike Hill. “Aucklanders will have a rare opportunity to see a US Coast Guard Hercules in action.”

This is the first time in over 20 years that a US Coast Guard aircraft has visited New Zealand.

A C-130 Hercules
United States Coast Guard (USCG) © 2017
A United States Coast Guard (USCG) C-130 Hercules in action in the Pacific.

People in the Mission Bay and St Heliers area will be able to see the demonstration with planes and helicopters flying low over the harbour between 2-4 pm.

Media wanting to attend the event should contact Mark Dittmer (mark.dittmer@maritimenz.govt.nz / 027 243 2662) to book a place on the observation boat.

NZ is hosting the Pacific Search and Rescue (PACSAR) conference in Auckland from 22-26 May. Over 100 people from 26 countries are attending to strengthen search and rescue in the Pacific.

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