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US Coastguard deployed for demonstration

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/05/2017

Members of the public in Mission Bay and St Heliers in Auckland can expect to see a dramatic search and rescue involving a US Coastguard aircraft on Wednesday.

A demonstration involving a rescue helicopter and a US Coastguard plane, the first one to visit New Zealand in more than 20 years, will take place from 2.30pm.

People will be winched from the water and flares will go off as part of the demonstration, Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand manager Mike Hill says.

"We're demonstrating methods used in real rescues," he said.

"Aucklanders will have a rare opportunity to see a US Coastguard Hercules in action."

The aircraft and helicopter will fly low over the harbour between 2pm and 4pm.

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