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A busy weekend for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on Friday 19 August to Tongariro National Park to transport a patient to Waikato Hospital who had sustained injuries in a car roll over.
On Saturday 20 August the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Otorohanga to a farmer who had rolled his quad bike.The 27-year-old man was treated by the local St John  before being flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.
Then in the early hours of Sunday 21 August, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew to Whakatane Hospital to transfer a patient with a serious medical condition to Waikato Hospital.
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