3 missions in one day | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

3 missions in one day

On Saturday afternoon the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to assist Tauranga Hospital in getting a patient transferred to Auckland Hospital.

A 62-year-old woman from Tauranga had suffered a serious medical event and required specialist treatment in Auckland.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter attended two other missions in the early hours of Saturday morning. The first callout was to Raglan at around 1.30am to assist a local woman suffering a serious medical condition. The second callout was to the remote township of Colville at 6am for a serious medical event.

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