On Sunday 9th August the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Whakapapa ski field to pick up a 63-year-old man who had fractured his leg while skiing.
Due to poor weather, the crew had to land at Taumarumui and onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was taken to the Whakapapa medical centre by the ambulance crew.
Once assessed the patient and onboard Intensive Care Paramedic were driven to Owhango to meet back up again with the rescue helicopter crew before being flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.
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