A busy day for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A busy day for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 9 am on Friday 9 March to a motor vehicle accident on State Highway 3, Piopio, where a tractor and an SUV had collided.

Two women sustained serious injuries and were flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment. One other patient sustained injuries and was transported to Waikato Hospital via road ambulance.

The rescue helicopter was then dispatched at 11 am to another motor vehicle accident neat Wairakei, Taupo. A 22-year-old man sustained injuries and was flown to Waikato Hospital.

The rescue helicopter was then dispatched to Taumarunui at midday, where a local woman with a cardiac condition required urgent medical treatment. She was flown to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.

Then at 5 pm, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched once again. This time to transport a patient with a cardiac condition from Taranaki Hospital to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.

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