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

A full weekend for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

Saturday 5 December – The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Herbertville where a young man had fallen 5 metres from a sand dune and landed awkwardly on his arm causing a serious fracture. He was treated at the scene initially by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being transported to Palmerston North Hospital where it was expected he would undergo surgery.

Sunday 6 December– Tasked to the Tararua Ranges near Burn Hut where a LandSAR search party had located two trampers that had got disorientated. The pair were uninjured but had endured a cold night until found in the early hours of the morning by their rescue team. The LandSAR team walked the pair to a low area of the bush where the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter could hover and load the two people in. The pair were flown to Levin.

Shortly after the crew was tasked to Ihuraua for a man in his 20’s that had been seriously injured by a Bull as a result, dislocating his hip and fracturing his pelvis. He was stabilised at the scene before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.

Later on in the day, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked to take a patient having a heart attack from Palmerston North to Wellington Hospital. The lady in her 80’s required an urgent Cardiac Procedure.

Monday 7 December – Tasked to the Foxton River Loop where a boat had been seen going around and around without a person in it. The crew assisted Police in searching for the occupant. He was later found by police divers.

We here at the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

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