A Busy Weekend for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A Busy Weekend for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

On Friday, January 29th, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter responded to a motor vehicle accident in Raetihi. The male patient in his sixties sustained moderate injuries and was treated on scene.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter attended an incident in Mangaweka to meet an ambulance transporting a woman from Waiouru, who was suffering from a medical event.

Later in the afternoon, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a farm incident near Eketāhuna. The patient, a male in his mid-sixties, was treated on scene for moderate injuries and flown to Palmerston North Hospital.

That evening, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter hosted a training evening, conducting aircraft, winch and equipment familiarisation.

On Sunday, January 31st, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew to Dannevirke to meet an ambulance transporting a young girl with moderate injuries. She was then flown to Palmerston North Hospital with her Father.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew then conducted a winch and hover on/offload training in the Manawatū Gorge.

Shortly after, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Woodville to attend a motocross accident where a male in his late twenties was suspected to have a serious spinal injury.  The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter then flew the patient to Christchurch Hospital for specialised treatment, where the patient underwent a six-hour surgery. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew flew a round trip of five hours and twenty-five minutes.

Later Sunday evening, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter transported a woman in her eighties to Wellington Hospital for specialist care.

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