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

A busy Saturday for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

On Saturday, February 13th, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter attended to a patient who sustained neck injuries from a cycling incident in Te Miro.

Shortly after, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Aroha, responding to a tramper who fell, injuring their ankle. The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter winched the patient out and transported them to Waikato Hospital.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was then tasked to Rotorua to carry out a critical care transport of a patient suffering injuries resulting from a go-karting accident.

The patient was transported to Waikato Hospital by the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter.


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