The hero next door

An interview with James Borg, a helicopter rescue swimmer

James Borg

James Borg is a casual, charming guy you could easily chat with and befriend if you meet him on the street. But you wouldn’t possibly imagine that he is the same man who was recently seen on reality TV shows, hanging upside-down from a helicopter trying to rescue a drowning person during a severe storm.

To him, going on a rescue mission and saving people from hazard is not heroism. It’s just a part of his job responsibilities. He smiles shyly when someone calls him a hero. But deep down, as he confided to The Zone team, it is the most rewarding job he could have ever imagined doing.

About James
Age: 25
O'level standard of education
lance bombardier and helicopter rescue swimmer

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If you are interested to follow the James's footsteps:

  • Be physically fit according to current military standards;
  • Be 18 years of age but not over 25 years in the case of Regular Soldiers.
  • Be 18 years of age but not over 25 years in the case of Officer Cadets and Sea going Cadets.
  • Be 18 years of age but not over 27 years in the case of Officer Cadets in possession of a University Degree.
  • Be 18 years of age but not over 30 years in the case of Air Pilot Officer Cadets.
  • Be a Maltese citizen;
  • Possess a clean Police Conduct;
  • Have a minimum height of 1.57m for males and 1.52m for females;
  • Have a secondary level of education to enlist as Gunner;
  • Be in possession of an A-level pass in at least two subjects and an O-level pass in an other six subjects of GCE standard or equivalent, to enlist as an Officer Cadet;
  • Have the inclination and motivation necessary for military life.



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