A young Balclutha girl who got her finger stuck in a drain grate yesterday was picked up, grate and all, and whisked off to an engineering firm to have her finger freed.
A Timaru man was rescued when his jet-boat filled with water at the Waitaki River mouth yesterday afternoon.
The man believed to be behind two bogus mayday calls in less than a week, has cost taxpayers thousands of dollars and outraged his would-be rescuers.
A four-hour rescue dash early yesterday from Stewart Island to Curio Bay "worked out perfectly", according to the skipper of the boat which towed a fellow Bluff fishing vessel to safety.
Harbourmaster of the Queenstown Lakes district, Marty Black, says he will go to the small claims court to recover the $4000 debt owed by two kayakers who sparked a rescue mission last month.
Eleven searchers went back into Mt Aspiring National Park at 2.30pm yesterday to look for missing Auckland tramper Irina Yun (36) and were prepared to stay the night, if necessary.
Clutha police were close to launching a search and rescue operation in the Blue Mountains on Thursday when the missing person was found.
A fishing trip almost turned into a tragedy yesterday as three men were rescued from their upturned boat at Taieri Mouth - the third incident in the area in less than a week.
Two major water rescue operations off the Otago coast last month were difficult and unusual, but were handled well, a debriefing meeting has been told.
How does it feel to be rescued by a floating skyscraper?
Being in trouble off the New Zealand coast is nothing new for one of the sailors rescued yesterday from the upturned French trimaran Groupama 3.
Ten French sailors winched safely from their upturned trimaran in 5m swells and 40-knot winds yesterday were full of praise for the copybook helicopter rescue.
The Otago Regional Council is the new main backer of the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, after the Lion Foundation ended its funding.