5 amazing rescue stories in the news this week

A stunning helicopter rescue, a mountain goat dug out of the snow, a car crashes into a FHP cruiser, a high-angle rope rescue and a cute puppy tale.

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The New Year has only recently begun, but that hasn't stopped several heroes from rescuing people and animals in distress. The following are five amazing rescues in the headlines [VIDEO] this week complete with video footage, except for number five, a cute puppy rescue story [VIDEO].

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Amazing helicopter rescue in the French Alps

Dramatic footage was captured of a helicopter rescue in the French Alps. A man had injured his knee while on a ski trip. A helicopter team was called to the scene and the video captured the amazing rescue by the pilot and crew. As can be seen, the helicopter pilot planted his aircraft’s right landing skid into the snow, allowing three rescue team members to climb out and treat the man, known only as Bruno. They fitted a leg brace before the helicopter once again performed the daring feat.

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Mountain goat rescued by Austrian railway workers

Austrian railway workers were busy clearing snow off the track, but stopped after spotting a mountain goat in trouble. Their efforts had regrettably buried the animal in a deep pile of snow. Two workers leapt from their train to rescue the chamois and dug it out of the snow. According to the men, the animal appeared to be transfixed by the sight of the oncoming train and didn’t move despite their honking. Once it was free, the chamois loped away.

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Car swerves and crashes into a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle

Footage has been released of an incredible crash and rescue captured on the rear-facing camera of a Florida Highway Patrol car in November. The trooper had pulled over his vehicle to assist a driver when suddenly a car swerved into the emergency lane, hitting the guardrail and slamming into the FHP trooper’s vehicle. The car immediately caught fire. The FHP trooper can then be seen getting out of his car to help the man, who received serious injuries but survived.

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Grand Rapids city workers in high-angle rope rescue

The Grand Rapids Fire Department rescue team was called in when two workers became stuck on a lift high above the city hall. Luckily both workers were accustomed to heights as firefighter Jeff Lysiak hung from a rope, 10 stories up, while assisting the two stranded workers down from their perch. Lysiak said luckily neither man was panicking, so they could take their time with the rescue and do it right.

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Firefighter rescues adorable puppy, gives it a home

Last but not least, a cute rescue story. Firefighters in Dekalb County, Ga, USA were called in by Animal Control to rescue a puppy that had managed to get stranded on the bank of a pond. The team rescued the puppy and firefighter Patrick Harrison volunteered to adopt the little guy.

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