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It's tough being caught between a rock and hard place -- but a
rock and a helicopter? A diver whose tender boat lost power south
of New Zealand's Island Bay Thursday decided that, given the choice
between finding refuge from the sea on a large rock or being lifted
to safety by a helicopter -- he'd take the rock.
"I was quite amazed that he refused to be rescued. I
have been working on the helicopter for nearly 15 years and
although I have seen people reluctant to be rescued, I have never
met anyone who flatly refused."
Source: Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman Dave
Greenberg, after a diver stranded on a rock off the coast of
Wellington refused to be taken aboard a rescue helicopter due to
the man's fear of heights. The man was later rescued -- by a