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  • Published: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9781775538493
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $40.00
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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 ticking matches theirs is out of your control.'

Often referred to as a ‘search and rescue daredevil’, John Funnell is one of New Zealand’s longest serving and most respected search and rescue pilots, having clocked an incredible 19,000 hours of flying time.
Rescue Pilot shares stories from his 49 years flying search and rescue helicopters all over New Zealand – and beyond. John is a hero to the thousands of victims he has transported to safety over the years, and is perhaps best known for his unprecedented 1200-kilometre mission to save a MetService employee attacked by a shark on the remote subantarctic Campbell Island.
Fearless and prepared to give pretty much any mission a go, John boasts a remarkable aviation career. What's more, he's a natural-born story-teller, and the adventures he recounts are utterly gripping.

  • Pub date: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9781775538493
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $40.00

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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