Tarawera Hunter flown to Middlemore Hospital | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Tarawera Hunter flown to Middlemore Hospital

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Lake Tarawera on Thursday 20 April, where a 42-year-old Whakatane man had fallen from the back of a ute while hunting in a nearby forest. The man had sustained serious spinal injuries as result of the fall.

He was stabilised at the scene by Whakatane based St John paramedics before the decision was made to fly him directly to Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital, due to the serious nature of his injury.

We Need You

Community generosity powers Philips Search and Rescue Trust. The aircraft fleet and life-saving search and rescue feats performed by our crew could not be possible without the ongoing financial support of our Friends members, communities, sponsors and partners.

Collectively, funds generated through the community and sponsorship cover half of the annual expenses required to operate our rescue helicopters in each region; without this extremely generous contribution our life-saving service would not exist.

There are a variety of ways to support our critical search and rescue service, to learn about your options, check out our get involved page

Sign up to our newsletter