Westpac Chopper Appeal: How the rescue crew saved the lives of three boaties in dire weather

It's Chopper Street Appeal month and Westpac staff around the country are shaking buckets to raise money for the nationwide network of rescue helicopters.

The rescue Choppers have played a key role in recent severe weather events around the country, winching stranded people to safety, transporting supplies and providing a lifeline to cut off communities. Every second counts in these situations, so having crews ready to respond with expert care helps save lives around the country every day.

On April 1, an Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust rescued three people after their boat was hit by a tornado and swept onto rocks. Without the quick actions from the chopper crew that night, the outcome could've been far worse. The nationwide network of rescue helicopters rely on public support to continue flying lifesaving missions like this one and making a huge difference in many people's lives.

Watch the video above to see the crew and boaties reunite as they go through the events of that day.

Donations help ensure crews have adequate rescue equipment, medical supplies and training to ensure the best possible outcome in life-threatening situations.

You can donate to the Westpac Chopper Appeal here

Article created in partnership with Westpac NZ.