From 19- 25 July, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter completed 10 missions as follows:
Sunday, 19 July, 2015:
An early afternoon mission to Mt. Ruapehu for an injured Swiss skier, in his 50’s who sustained head injuries following a fall. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital. The second mission of the evening was a callout to a Wellington man with back injuries. This mission was completed with Night Vision Goggles (NVG). He was also flown to Palmerston North Hospital.
Monday, 20 July, 2015:
An early afternoon mission to the Central Plateau for a 30-year old Waiouru man with injuries sustained after falling on ice. Due to worsening weather at Waiouru the patient was transported by road ambulance to Taihape to meet the Rescue Helicopter and then airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015:
It was a busy day with three missions starting with a late morning callout to Pahiatua for a local man in his 60’s who was then airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital. A short time later, the Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Raetihi for a man in his 40’s and a late evening callout requiring Night Vision Goggles to Mangaweka for woman in her 50’s. Each of the patients was suffering a serious medical event and were all airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
Thursday, 23 July 2015:
Early afternoon callout to Dannevirke for an elderly man with a serious medical condition.
Friday, 24 July 2015:
An afternoon mission to Mt. Ruapehu for an Auckland woman in her 50’s injured after falling over a bluff while skiing ‘off-piste’ near the Turoa Ski Field. The patient was recovered from the mountain slopes by ski patrol members and the Rescue Helicopter. She was taken to the ski field medical centre for immediate treatment before onwards airlift to Whanganui Hospital. The mission was completed after dark with the use of Night Vision Goggles.
Saturday, 25 July 2015:
Two afternoon missions to the Horowhenua; the first to Waitarere Beach where a 19-year old Wellington man suffered serious injuries following a motorcycle accident on the beach; the second to the Otaki race course where a New Plymouth based jockey, in her 20’s, suffered serious injuries in a racing fall.
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