7 LIFE-SAVING MISSIONS | Philips Search and Rescue Trust


The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew seven mission in total from Friday – Sunday.

On Friday just after 12pm the chopper crew attended a mission to Kawhia and were then tasked with two separate medical transfers to Tauranga and Rotorua in the afternoon.

On Saturday afternoon Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew were tasked with an urgent medical transfer from Waikato to Auckland Hospital and later in the evening attended a medical event in Whangamata.

Sunday came with another two missions, firstly a medical transfer from Taumarunui hospital to Waikato Hospital for a woman with complications after birth and a medical evacuation on Sunday night from Thames Hospital for a man with a serious medical condition.

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