A TV news helicopter was involved in a dramatic rescue when it spotted a man in trouble in waters off the Western Australian coast near Perth yesterday.
The Nine News helicopter was halfway between Fremantle and Rottnest Island when pilot Brett Campany saw a man desperately treading water as his boat spun around in circles nearby. "I actually thought it was a whale ... it just looked really strange," he said.
After realising he had flown past a man in distress the pilot radioed water police to request help and then threw the man a life jacket. "You could see the relief in his face," Mr Campany said. "He threw his head back and he was pretty happy to see us there."
Mr Campany watched as the man made a number of unsuccessful attempts to get back aboard his rapidly circling vessel. The helicopter hovered above the scene for several minutes until a private boat arrived and rescued the stricken man. He is reportedly doing well and grateful the helicopter was on hand to help with the rescue.
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