A busy fourth of July for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A busy fourth of July for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 1 am on Wednesday 4 July by Police SAR to search for two missing female trampers in the Tararua Ranges.

The women were located at Penn Creek Hut and delivered back to Levin safe and well.

Later that day, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident, just north of the Otaki township. A young woman had sustained multiple injuries and required urgent medical treatment.

She was stablised by the onboard paramedic before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital for further assessment.


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