Over two decades, the RAC Rescue Helicopters and crew have completed more than 9,500 missions saving countless lives across WA – and now for the very first time viewers will fully comprehend and appreciate these miraculous stories of rescue and survival in 9News Perth Presents: Helicopter Heroes, on Thursday, August 31, at 7.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.
Whether it’s responding to a serious road trauma incident or flying through challenging conditions to save lives at sea, the RAC Rescue Helicopters and its crew are deployed to attend state-wide missions to deliver vital support to patients. It’s often a case of life or death where time is of the essence and every second counts.
Hosted by 9News Perth’s Michael Thomson, this one-hour special offers an unprecedented insight into several life-saving missions undertaken by these heroes in the sky, featuring never-before-seen footage and rescue vision from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and 9News, together with raw, candid interviews with the rescuers, survivors and their families.
Thomson said: “I was honoured to meet many of the rescue crew who are featured in this documentary, and their unwavering commitment to their duties, helping those in need, is truly commendable. Their remarkable recounts of critical care and real-life rescues will shock, inspire and move you. It’s a must-watch.”
Among the stories featured are the 2022 rescue of an 11-year-old boy who fell 10 metres down a waterfall at Bells Rapids in Brigadoon after an outing with his family. The infamous Arthur River road crash where a 19-year-old woman was trapped for more than eight hours under two trucks on Albany Highway. The once-in-a-century flood where Cyclone Ellie turned the Fitzroy River in the Kimberley into an inland sea. And the incredible 12-hour mission in Israelite Bay, battling high winds and heavy swells to rescue an injured cray fisherman.
Confronting, candid, heartwarming and ultimately uplifting, 9News Perth Presents: Helicopter Heroes is produced for the 9Network by Guru Productions, with support from RAC.