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rescue him,” Haupt said. In May, a group of four young men partied in a forest near


the city of Wutha. After consuming copious amounts of beer, the highly intoxicated party of four took a walk near a cliff. One of them lost his footing, slipped and fell. Although the impact was somewhat cushioned by brush, the man was badly injured after the 30 meter drop. The man´s friends called for help and tried to get down to him. Two helicopters were alerted to rescue him. One hel- icopter was from “DRF Luftrettung” (HEMS) the other aircraft was Stefan Haupt’s EC145. “It was a difficult rescue mission. We had to fly really close to the rocks and the wind blew fairly strong. There was some severe turbulence. I had to fly four turns to get the doc- tor down to the patient, rescue the patient and get the doctor back onboard the rescue helicopter,” recalls Haupt. Due to the crew’s high professionalism and training standard, the man’s life could be saved. After completing the check of the helicopter, Stefan Haupt


returns to his office for a briefing with the two other members of his crew. The team normally consists of a pilot, a winch and FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Radar) operator and a flight engineer. Suddenly the telephone rings. A bad car accident happened on the motorway A9. The helicopter is required for taking aerial photo-


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