The incredible stories behind half-a-century of rescue helicopter

Anna Falkenmire
January 15 2024 - 12:00pm
Evan Walton with a helicopter undergoing essential maintenance in Newcastle. Inset, training with a chopper in Auckland, and the first rescue mission at Merewether. Pictures by Peter Lorimer, supplied by Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Evan Walton with a helicopter undergoing essential maintenance in Newcastle. Inset, training with a chopper in Auckland, and the first rescue mission at Merewether. Pictures by Peter Lorimer, supplied by Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

AT A TIME when helicopters were daring and surf lifesavers stuck to boats and patrols, Newcastle's Evan Walton believed getting rescue choppers in the sky would change everything.

Anna Falkenmire

Police and crime reporter at the Newcastle Herald.

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