Miracle as helicopter crew is rescued following crash near Auckland Islands

The missing helicopter crew, rescued from Auckland Islands, have walked into Invercargill airport.

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One helicopter crew went from rescuer to rescued surviving more than 15 hours lost at sea. Source: 1 NEWS

The three men were found alive after a helicopter owned by Te Anau-based Southern Lakes Helicopters went missing near the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands last night.

The Rescue Coordination Centre confirmed to 1 NEWS the trio, pilot Andrew Hefford, paramedic John Lambeth and winch operator Lester Stevens were found alive today on the island group's main island, Auckland Island. They were found safe and well.

Search and Rescue Mission co-ordinator Dave Wilson says, "There’s suspected broken ribs and broken wrist on one person, there’s facial lacerations on another and the third crewman is reported to be uninjured at this point.”

Sir Richard Hayes from Southern Lakes Helicopters was taking part in the rescue mission. He arrived on Auckland Island to find the helicopter pilots and the medics alive.

A search operation got underway at 8.15pm last night.

Five fishing vessels worked throughout the night, searching the area.

"They were apparently walking around in their emergency suits which are trained to keep you warm," Sir Richard said.

Earlier today, a helicopter wreckage was found by a fishing boat.

The helicopter last made contact near Yule Island, at the northern end of the sub-Antarctic island group, at around 7.37pm Monday, Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand's Mark Dittner told 1 NEWS.

The helicopter had been travelling to the islands for a medical evacuation off a fishing vessel. The person who was evacuated from the area was transported to Bluff on a marine vessel.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion assisted in the search.

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They were travelling to the islands for a medical evacuation off a fishing vessel. Source: 1 NEWS