A busy week for the Palmerston North crew | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A busy week for the Palmerston North crew

Friday 20th November –The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew were dispatched to Horopito for a man in his 30’s. The male was struck suddenly by a deer that was coming down the race, it unexpectedly leaped up in the air, taking out the man. He was cared for by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic whilst being flown to hospital.

Saturday 21st November – Tasked to Tiraumea for a man in his 60’s that had collided with a vehicle on a tight bend and fallen from his motorbike. The man suffered injuries to his face and was transported to Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.

Later that day the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter attended a call out to Mangaone Valey Road near Pahiatua. A motorcyclist had fallen from his bike and crashed into a ditch. The man suffered a serious head injury and was flown to Palmerston North Hospital.

Sunday 22nd November – Dispatched to Ruakokoputuna to the Patuna Chasm where a woman in her 20’s had slipped and severely lacerated her leg on a sharp rock. A rescue party was able to get the woman to a clearing and the Palmerston North Rescue crew treated her before flying her directly to Masterton Hospital.

Monday 23rd November – The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Kimbolton where a truck & trailer unit had left the road and gone through a ditch and collided with a power pole bringing down power lines. After a delay in extraction due to the live power lines the man was treated at the scene by the crew and then flown to Palmerston North Hospital for immediate medical attention.

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