10 Missions keep rescue helicopter crew busy | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

10 Missions keep rescue helicopter crew busy

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew 10 missions and conducted crew training during the period of May 30 to June 11, 2016

Monday, May 30

An early morning callout to attend a single motor vehicle accident on State Highway 1 north of Taihape.  Two occupants were injured. Due to the weather, the patients were transported by road to Taihape, and then the rescue helicopter was tasked with flying a female in her 20’s to Palmerston North Hospital.  The other occupant was transported to hospital by road.  Due to the early hour, the rescue helicopter crew needed Night Vision Goggles to conduct this mission.

Tuesday, May 31

An afternoon mission to Taihape for a baby boy with a medical emergency. He was airlifted, along with his mother, to Palmerston North Hospital. Later that evening the helicopter was dispatched to assist in a search for a missing person in the Tararua Ranges.

Wednesday, June 1

An evening mission to Levin for a local teenager who suffered serious burns in a fire lighting accident. He was airlifted, along with his mother, directly to Hutt Valley Hospital for specialist treatment. The mission was accomplished with the helicopter crew using Night Vision Goggles.

Sunday, June 5

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at midday to Mt Bruce, north of Masterton to assist at a serious motor vehicle accident involving multiple patients. It is believed two vehicle had collided head-on at high speed and a number of patients were still trapped in the vehicles when the rescue helicopter arrived. Masterton Fire Brigade were on scene to extricate the trapped patients using cutting equipment. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter transported a seriously injured woman in her 30’s and her baby to Palmerston North Hospital. Other patients were transported to hospital by the Wellington’s Life Flight Westpac Rescue Helicopter and St John Ambulance.


Monday, June 6

A morning mission to Waiouru for a motor vehicle accident. A woman in her 20’s sustained head injuries and was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital. Later that afternoon the rescue helicopter was called to Raetihi for a child injured in a fall. The on-board intensive care paramedic treated the child at the scene before being tasked assist a woman in her 70’s suffering a medical emergency.

Wednesday, June 8

An afternoon mission to Mangaorapa for a teenage girl injured in a quad bike accident. She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

Thursday, June 9

An afternoon mission to Pahiatua for a man in his 20’s with serious hand injuries sustained in a building accident. He was airlifted to Hutt Valley Hospital for specialist treatment.

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