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A busy day for the TECT Crew

On Monday the 18th of May, shortly after 2pm, the  TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Hicks Bay, located along the coast within the Gisborne District of the North Island.

An 8-year-old boy was playing at school when he fell, resulting in a serious leg injury. He was stabilised at the scene by St John Paramedics before being handed over to the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic.

The young boy was flown to Gisborne Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Whilst traveling home the TECT Rescue Helicopter was diverted to the Whakatane Heads where someone had got into a spot of trouble while out swimming in the water. The rescue helicopter landed near the boat ramp to provide additional support until they were no longer needed.

Then when the crew was almost halfway back to Tauranga, the TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked back to the East Cape settlement of Waihau Bay where a 67-year-old female had suffered a medical condition that required immediate hospital care. She was stabilized and flown to Whakatane Hospital for treatment.

A big day for the crew, landing back at base around 10:30pm on Monday evening.

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