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California fire helicopter winches driver to safety

A driver in California has had a lucky escape after his truck crashed off a road and plunged 100m down a ravine, before starting a bush fire.

An emergency rescue helicopter winched him to safety from a storm drain he was sheltering in as flames burned all around him. Pilots had to fly through thick smoke to swoop in and pick him up.

Captain Scott Dettorre, from Ventura County Fire, said: "What made this challenging was we had the brush fire going... Visually it was a challenge for these pilots to locate and get this patient out."

  • 15 Aug 2015
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