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Umuroa Boat winch off Taranaki coast

On Saturday morning the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew to the Taranaki coast, tasked to medivac a crew member of the SS Umuroa with a medical condition.

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Atiamuri motor vehicle accident

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter we were diverted to another motor vehicle accident on State Highway 30 near Upper Atiamuri shortly after leaving the scene at Awakari. 

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Fatal, two-car motor vehicle accident

On Wednesday morning the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter and Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter were all dispatched to Awakeri on the outskirts of Whakatane.

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