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  • Published: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143770060
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288
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Rescue Pilot




The daring adventures of a New Zealand search and rescue pilot.

The daring adventures of a New Zealand search and rescue pilot.

'Somewhere, up ahead, a person is bleeding, but you have to put that out of your mind. Your job is negotiating with time and space. You have your clock, that person has their own, and in the end, whether the rate at which your clock is clicking matches theirs is out of your control.'

John Funnell is one of New Zealand's longest serving search and rescue pilots. Often referred to as a 'search and rescue daredevil', John has just retired after an incredible 49 years flying search and rescue helicopters. He is perhaps best-known for the 800-kilometre mission to save a scientist attacked by a shark on the remote sub-Antarctic Campbell Island, when he set off into the night knowing the distance was twice that of the helicopter's normal fuel range.

Clocking an incredible 19,000 hours of flight time, John is a hero to hundreds of victims all over New Zealand. What's more, he's a natural-born story-teller, and his stories in Rescue Pilot are utterly gripping.

  • Published: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143770060
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288
Categories:

About the author

John Funnell

John Funnell MBE is one of New Zealand's best-known and longest-serving helicopter pilots. One of the pioneers of helicopter search and rescue, John has been involved with countless high-profile rescues and mercy missions over the past 49 years, including the Rena salvage and the disastrous Boxing Day tsunami in Banda Aceh in 2004. He received the New Zealand Bravery Medal for his daring rescue in 1992 of a MetService employee critically injured in a shark attack on remote Campbell Island, some 700km south of New Zealand. John lives in Taupo.

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