A busy day for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A busy day for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Ranana in the Whanganui River Valley before dawn on Friday 15 September, for a local man in his 40’s suffering a serious medical condition.
He was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital in a stable condition with the crew using Night Vision Goggles.
Immediately following that, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to motor vehicle accident near Toaroa Junction, east of Taihape. An elderly lady was trapped in the wreckage of her car after a collision with a tractor. The patient was extracted from the wreckage by Taihape and Mangaweka Fire Service using cutting equipment. The on-board Intensive Care Paramedic stabilised the patient at the scene and continued treatment of the patients serious injuries whilst en-route to Palmerston North Hospital.
Later that afternoon, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Taihape for a young local woman suffering a post surgical complications. She was flown to Whanganui Hospital for further specialist treatment accompanied by her mother.
On returning to Palmerston North in the early evening the rescue helicopter was diverted to a serious vehicle accident on SH 1 just south of Hunterville between a car and a truck. A Hunterville man in his 60’s was trapped in the wreckage of his car and had to be released by the NZ Fire Service crew using the cutting equipment and Jaws Of Life. The patient was then stabilised by the on-board Intensive Care Paramedic with the assistance of road ambulance crews before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries.

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