Looking up through the thick bush of Coromandel Forest Park in June, Rogan Miller watched as a helicopter hovered above, and a man descended by wire.
Minutes earlier, Miller, a married father and grandfather,
His friends – Steve Parkes, Kevin May and David Korff – ignored him, and Miller found himself watching help arrive from above.
“They just said, ‘No, that’s not going to happen.’ My mates made the right call … with the heart, the quicker you respond the better off you’re going to be recovery-wise and damage-wise.
After being assessed, Miller said he could walk to a tiny patch of bush wide enough for a winch rescue, and the 54-year-old found himself ascending with Sanders back up through the trees.
The pilot and crew’s skills in making sure the pair safely arrived in the helicopter cabin were exceptional, Miller said.
“We were in quite a tight spot. It’s not easy going up through the trees without [us] hitting anything, but before I knew it I was in the helicopter.”
The alarm had been raised at 12.45pm.
Almost four months on, Miller’s sharing his story to support Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s Dollar for Dollar Appeal.
“I’m not someone who likes doing something like this [sharing my story publicly] but this is the least I can do to help. How everybody came together, it’s really incredible … I feel really blessed.”