Emergency signal scrambles chopper

AN emergency signal south of Coffs Harbour late on Wednesday sparked a rapid response from search crews.

Australian Search and Rescue scrambled the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter at Lismore at 4.10pm to search for a beacon which was transmitting 17km south-east of Coffs Harbour Airport.

Westpac Lifesaver business development manager, Nyree Epplett-Higgins, said the chopper initially landed at Toormina but could find no trace of the beacon.

"However, aircraft landing at the airport were getting the signal, so the helicopter crew went back out and were picking it up about eight kilometres south of the airport," she said.

The helicopter landed on the 13th hole of the Sawtell Golf Club and a crewman with a hand-held beacon locater found the beacon in a drain alongside a road and turned if off.



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