American helicopters, which continue to play a vital military role in Vietnam, are now applying this versatility to river-to-air transfer of casualties.
LS boat underway, -Wild sound
CU's crew, -Wild sound
Skipper calls in helicopter, -Sync sound
Chopper in, drops litter, leaves, -Wild sound
Patient into litter, hook up ready, -Wild sound
Chopper in, lifts litter, flies away, -Wild sound
Boat underway, -Wild sound
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Background: American helicopters, which continue to play a vital military role in Vietnam, are now applying this versatility to river-to-air transfer of casualties. A River Patrol Boat continues underway as it calls in an Air Force "Huskie" helicopter (HH-43F) on the Bassac River near Can Tho, in the Mekong Delta. The chopper drops a wire stretcher and flies a short distance away to wait while the injured man is made ready for the lift. The boat continues down river at a speed of more than 15 knots. The helicopter, returning and flying at the same speed as the boat, lowers a line for the lift, hoists the injured man aboard and flies him to the nearest medical facility.