TAKING FLIGHT: The Westpac Rescue chopper features in Air Rescue today on Channel Seven.
TAKING FLIGHT: The Westpac Rescue chopper features in Air Rescue today on Channel Seven. Contributed

TV series propels viewer into real-life air rescues

THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service is a national community service that has performed more than 70,000 rescue missions since its inception in 1973.

It’s the oldest civilian search and rescue helicopter service in Australia, covering 84% of the population in the summer months.

To highlight the many life-saving situations helicopter crews find themselves in each week, Channel Seven is screening the documentary series Air Rescue.

Now in its third season, the series follows the high-stakes work of the rescue crews, sharing the stories of the pilots, doctors and paramedics.

This is classic observational storytelling imbued with a cinematic style that compellingly presents the real-life narratives of what happens when humans collide with the beautiful but harsh Australian landscape.

In series three, Air Rescue still centres on the Newcastle Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service base, however, thanks to the national service, crews in Lismore, Moruya and, for the first time, Hobart are also featured.

Each rescue is imbued with natural adversaries such as the landscape and environment, the weather, personal jeopardy and time-critical stakes, which are all set against the

daily work of the rescue crews.

Emergency missions take the viewer from the edge of their seat at home to rarely seen landscapes and situations.

The rescues can take you from the bush to ocean waves and critical highway disasters, or from a remote farm in country New South Wales to the jagged cliffs of Tasmania.

Air Rescue will screen on Seven at 5pm today.



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