Back to back Boxing Day missions for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Back to back Boxing Day missions for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 4 pm on Tuesday 26 December to Oueroa, southern Hawkes Bay, where a 77-year-old woman had shown symptoms of a stroke.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics before being airlifted to Hawkes Bay Hospital for treatment.

Whilst at Hawkes Bay Hospital the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Taihape for a woman who was experiencing a cardiac condition. She was treated at the scene paramedics prior to being flown to Whanganui Hospital for further treatment.

Philips Rescue Helicopters, Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Palmerston North, Wednesday 10 May 2017. Photo: Stephen Barker/Barker Photography.©Philips Search & Rescue Trust


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