The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter experienced another busy Saturday, which had the crew out of bed at 3 am.
The first mission was for a 59-year-old woman who was airlifted from Tauranga Hospital at 4 am with a serious cardiac condition. She was flown to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.
The rescue helicopter was then dispatched at 10 am to transport two patients from Waikato Hospital to Taranaki Hospital. Following this, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was this dispatched to airlift a severally ill patient to Auckland Hospital for an advanced neurological operation.
The next call came in at 3 pm, and the rescue helicopter was tasked to respond to National Park to airlift a 10-year-old boy who had a badly broken lower leg, after falling while skiing.
He and his mother were flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.