63 year old man fractures leg at the snow | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

63 year old man fractures leg at the snow

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.

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.

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