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

A busy weekend for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

It was a busy weekend for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.

The rescue helicopter was dispatched to Pongaroa at 3 pm on Saturday 21 July for a man in his 20’s who required transport to the hospital after injuring himself during a tramp. He was stabilised by the onboard paramedic and transported to Palmerston North Hospital for further assessment.

Then at 5 pm, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched by Police Search and Rescue to locate and recover a man in his 30’s who required extrication from the Mangahao River Valley.

The man was unable to walk out due to an injury sustained from a fall during a tramp with four others.  The Police were notified by two members of the party who walked out until they got cell phone reception. The remaining two helped to move the injured man to an open area suitable to allow the rescue helicopter easy access to extract the injured party. 

The search was greatly assisted by use of their Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) which notified Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) who were able to pinpoint their location for the rescue helicopter and make finding them far simpler.  The man was hover loaded into the helicopter and transported to Palmerston North for further assessment. 

On Sunday 22 July at 2 pm, the rescue helicopter was dispatched Fielding to uplift a 15 year-old-boy with suspected spinal injuries received whilst playing rugby. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was used due to transport the young man directly from the scene.

He was stablised by the onboard paramedic and transported to Christchurch Hospital for further assessment. 

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