Terrence Allan Dixon who saved Bonnie L. Boucher and Luke E. and Deborah J. Reiche from exposure, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, April 2, 1983. After the small airplane in which they were passengers crashed, Miss Boucher, 31, and Mr. and Mrs. Reiche, both 30, were trapped on a steep, narrow ledge near the 6,450-foot peak of a snow-covered mountain about 20 miles northwest of Harrison Hot Springs. Informed of the accident, Dixon, 33, charter helicopter operations manager, flew three military rescue technicians to the crash site, but deep snow, uneven terrain, and the fear of causing an avalanche precluded their landing. In a net, which was then attached to the helicopter, Dixon lifted two of the technicians up the mountain through freezing rain as the third served as co-pilot. Despite strong winds causing occasional white-out conditions, Dixon hovered his helicopter in a cloud, the craft’s rotor blade within three feet of the Mountainside. After the rescue technicians aided Miss Boucher and Mrs. Reiche into the net, Dixon flew them to safety, then returned in deteriorating conditions for Reiche. The victims were then flown to a hospital, where they were treated for exposure. They recovered.
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