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On August 13, 2014, the Airborne Service saved a female surfer who get lost in the open seas by hanging.

  • Release Date:2014-08-13
  • Source:National Airborne Service Corps

and could not turn back to the shore when playing wind-surfing board. The female was a freshman. The shift of wind is suspected to be the cause of the accident. Her friends on the shore concerned for her safety and report the case immediately. Coast guard personnel didn’t find her by naval vessels and applied for the participation of airborne service helicopter flights. The Airborne Service Corp received the inform of emergency task from the Coast Guard Ministry at about 16 on August 13: A female surfer was suspected of floating toward the open waters from the sea area before Taitung Shanyuan Bathing Beach and might cause missing case. After confirming the position, the Corp instantly informed crews of Type UH-1H (No. NA-512) from Group 3 (stationed at Taitung Airport) of the 3rd Service Battalion to go for rescue. The airborne helicopter flight find for many times at the target area without any results. Experienced pilots studied and judged the direction of wind and ocean current where the female disappeared. Then the search area was expanded. After 15 mins, the female surfer was found waving her coat for help. Crews determined to save her by hanging method. The mission was successfully fulfilled.