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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Chironico valley. A Rega Agusta AW109 SP Grand "Da Vinci" helicopter has rescued a swiss german hiker with an injured ankle. By using a rescue hoist, a helicopter can rescue persons from hard-to-reach areas in the Alps. The Vertical Rescue Triangular Harness secures the emergency physician, Doctor Michele Musiari, and the patient during a lift. The Vertical Rescue Triangular Harness is a simple yet robust patient lifting sling designed for all forms of rapid vertical extrications. The simple design allows the harness to be applied to the patient easily and quickly compared to other full body rescue harnesses. All Rega helicopters carry a crew of three: a pilot (Corrado Sasselli), an emergency physician, and a paramedic (Paolo Menghetti) who is also trained to assist the pilot for radio communication, navigation, terrain/object avoidance, and winch operations. The name Rega was created by combining letters from the name "Swiss Air Rescue Guard" as it was written in German (Schweizerische Rettungsflugwacht), French (Garde Aérienne Suisse de Sauvetage), and Italian (Guardia Aerea Svizzera di Soccorso). Rega is a private, non-profit air rescue service that provides emergency medical assistance in Switzerland. Rega mainly assists with mountain rescues, though it will also operate in other terrains when needed, most notably during life-threatening emergencies. As a non-profit foundation, Rega does not receive financial assistance from any government. People in distress can call for a helicopter rescue directly (phone number 1414). The AgustaWestland AW109 is a lightweight, twin-engine, helicopter built by the Italian manufacturer Leonardo S.p.A. (formerly AgustaWestland, Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Finmeccanica). Leonardo S.p.A is an Italian global high-tech company and one of the key players in aerospace. In close collaboration with the manufacturer, the Da Vinci has been specially designed to cater for Rega's particular requirements as regards