16-year-old winched out of Omanawa Falls | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

16-year-old winched out of Omanawa Falls

On Tuesday afternoon the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked with performing a winch extraction from a waterfall located 30 mins out of Tauranga.

The crew were tasked at 3pm for a winch rescue to Omanawa Falls after a 16-year-old male had seriously injured himself.

The onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was winched down to the falls and prepared the young man for winching.

After safely extracting the patient, it was identified that he was suffering from possible back injuries. He was carefully monitored by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic whilst being airlifted to Tauranga Hospital for immediate medical attention.

We here at the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

We Need You

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

Support your rescue helicopter and make a lifesaving difference.

Saving Lives, Together.

Sign up to our newsletter