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Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopters

Lifesaver 36

Lifesaver 6

 

Lifesaver 36 is a state of the art Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter which patrols Victoria's busy coastline from Waratah to Apollo Bay as well as providing valuable back-up support for other marine and inland emergencies. It is available year round to assist in all emergencies. Scheduled aerial patrols will operate on weekends and public holidays from Mid-November until Easter Monday, with increased daily patrols operating throughout the busiest summer period from the 24th of December to the 26th of January.

Funded by the generous support of Westpac, the new single engine Squirrel Euro Copter AS350B2 helicopter is equipped to land on any flat open space including beaches and can travel at speeds of up to 280km per hour.

The helicopter can be tasked to incidents such as shark patrols, static line rescues, search and rescue of lost swimmers, missing boats and fishermen in distress as well as providing support in inland emergencies.

On board the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter will be team of dedicated volunteers from Life Saving Victoria and a highly trained pilot.

Lifesaver 36 Facts:

  • Call sign Lifesaver 36
  • Primary Aircraft - Euro Copter AS350 B2 Squirrel
  • Based at Moorabbin Airport (Melbourne) or Barwon Heads Airport
  • Single Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 Turbine Engine
  • Static Line Rescue Equipped
  • Rescue Configuration - 2 Rescue Crew with Single or Dual Pilots
  • Transport Configuration - Up to 5 Passengers with Single Pilot
  • Maximum cruising speed of 246 km/hr/133 kts
  • Maximum range without reserve of 666 km/360 KN
  • Average endurance of 3hrs
  • Useful load of 1,030 kg

 

 

Lifesaver 37

Lifesaver 7

 

Lifesaver 37 Facts:

  • Call sign Lifesaver 37
  • Secondary Aircraft - Euro Copter EC120
  • Based at Moorabin Airport (Melbourne)
  • Single Engine Turbomeca Arriel 2F
  • Rescue Swimmer deployment capabilities
  • Rescue Configuration - 2 Rescue Crew with Single or Dual Pilots
  • Transport Configuration - Up to 4 Passengers with Single Pilot
  • Cruising speed for patrols approximately 60-80 Knots
  • Average endurance of 2.5-3hrs


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