New Series Premieres Wednesday, September 5, at 9 p.m. ET
ATLANTA (July 16, 2012) – The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) today announced the latest in its rapidly growing original content slate by greenlighting “Hawaii Air Rescue” (working title). The new docu-series follows the crew of Hawaii Life Flight, the exclusive air ambulatory service for the Hawaiian Islands, who face traumatic medical cases, dramatic weather conditions, and other environmental dangers as they make life-saving medical calls, rescues and transfers throughout the most remote island chain on Earth. Produced by Zero Point Zero Productions (“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” “Meat Men”), “Hawaii Air Rescue” premieres Wednesday, September 5, at 9 p.m. ET (repeating at 12 midnight ET) and will feature 6x 30-min. episodes.
“Hawaii looks like paradise to most people, but this series will show viewers an entirely different side to island life,” said Michael Dingley, senior vice president, content and development for The Weather Channel. “When you have a medical emergency on a remote tropical island, the last thing you need is weather getting in the way of your care. ‘Hawaii Air Rescue’ shows how this brave crew manages to save lives and battle the elements in the process.”
From severe car crashes to massive heart attacks, the Hawaii Life Flight team of medics confronts the most dramatic medical emergencies imaginable. Working on an island chain in the middle of the Pacific, they also face numerous weather challenges: gale force winds, hurricanes and tsunamis are always a looming threat for the team. And, even under normal weather conditions, rogue waves, rip currents and other natural hazards can cause drownings, diving accidents, and other rescue missions for the HLF team.
Additionally, fog, wind shear, air quality and volcanic eruptions blanketing the air with smoke are constant factors that inhibit the Hawaii Life Flight pilot. Further, heavy humidity causes quick and unsuspected thunder and lighting storms, followed by explosive torrential rain bursts. For patients in crisis, every second counts, and severe weather adds one more layer of drama to the job for the fearless Hawaii Life Flight crew.
“Hawaii Air Rescue” joins The Weather Channel’s growing slate of original series, including “Coast Guard Alaska,” “Iron Men,” “Lifeguard!,” “Ice Pilots,” “Hurricane Hunters” and “Coast Guard Florida” (Oct. 10), as well as the “Braving the Elements” docu-series anthology, which includes “Turbine Cowboys,” “Pyros,” “Iceberg Hunters” (Sept. 18), and “Reefmakers” (Oct. 9).
About The Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and WSI. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 30 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.