Three rescue missions in the Central Plateau | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Three rescue missions in the Central Plateau

At 7:30am on Saturday morning the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter responded to the Chateau at Whakapapa Village for a patient who crashed in icy conditions. She has serious head injuries and was flown to Hastings Hospital.

While returning to base the on-duty crew were redirected to a motocross trail ride event for a rider with serious pelvis injuries. Assessed by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic – Tony More before being flown to Hastings Hospital.

Upon leaving Hastings Hospital the crew responded to Turangi for a patient with serious cardiac issues. He was treated at the scene and transported to Waikato Hospital.

We here at the Greenlea 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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