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Multiple vehicle accidents

On Wednesday morning just before 11am the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to State Highway 5, near Rotorua. Later on in the afternoon, shortly after 6.40pm, both Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters were tasked to Otorohanga for a two-vehicle collision. 

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Woman collapses whilst running

On Saturday the TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a rural Rotorua farm and later flew to Matakana Island for a motor vehicle accident.

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Cardiac event in Omemana

On 21 November the on-duty crew of the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called out to Onemana in the Coromandel.

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