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

A busy Saturday for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

Saturday 3 February was a busy day the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.

The rescue helicopter was dispatched to Pipiriki at 10.30am, where a woman in 60’s had been stung multiple times by wasps and was known to be alergic.  She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being flown to Whanganui Hospital for further treatment.

On departing Whanganui Hospital the rescue helicopter was diverted to Marton where male motorbike rider in his 20’s had sustained multiple injuries. conjunction with paramedics on scene and the event medic he was stablised before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital for further assessment.

Then just before 6 pm, the rescue helicopter was dispatched again, this time Akitio Beach, where a male in his 20’s had been swimming behind the breakers when he got into trouble.

A member of the public saw him through binoculars and alerted a team to recover him from the surf. He was treated by volunteer staff and a visiting nurse. He was stabilized by St Johns medical staff before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital for further assessment.

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