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Rescue 1


Rescue 1 is currently off air

About the show

Rescue 1, is a fast-paced factual observational programme that follows the unsung heroes of Auckland's Westpac Helicopters as they struggle to save lives in a relentless race against time. The third series will once again put viewers in the chopper's front seat and take them on some of the most daring and heart-wrenching rescues the country has ever seen.

The high-rating programme has not only been a hit with viewers. Rescue 1 received the ultimate accolade when it won a 2009 QANTAS Award for Best Observational Reality Series.

Once again, the series will feature an incredible variety of stories - from dramatic boat, motorcycle and car smashes... traumatic head and spinal injuries, near drownings, animal attacks... spectacular search and rescue missions - to families' worst nightmares; concussion, heart and asthma attacks, allergic reactions, infections, pregnancy complications and accidental poisoning. Plus, this series features some of the most amazing -  and almost unbelievable -  lucky escapes that viewers are ever likely to see.

This series features added drama with the addition of a second chopper, based at the Coromandel town of Whitianga. Filmed through the height of the busy summer season, our larger-than-life crews race across the skies on missions that are often improbable, sometimes apparently impossible, and for anyone else totally unfeasible & but for the viewer, always enjoyable.

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