Back to back callouts for Waikato chopper | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Back to back callouts for Waikato chopper

Back to back rescue missions have kept the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter busy this morning.

The first callout was to Paeroa  to retrieve a 37-year-old local man injured in a two vehicle accident.

The man sustained chest and abdominal injuries.

Local St John staff requested the helicopter after assessing his injuries at the scene.  He was then transported to the nearby Paeroa emergency services helipad, where he was loaded and flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

En route to Waikato Hospital the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was requested again, this time to Raglan to attend a 6-year-old Hamilton boy.

It was reported the boy was trapped under a vehicle and was in a serious condition. Local St John and Fire Rescue staff had extracted the boy and transported him to the Raglan Helipad.  Both the boy and his mother were flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

In both instances the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was used to ensure quick transportation to a hospital facility.

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About Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Philips Search and Rescue Trust (PSRT) is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Waikato King Country’s principal sponsor, Westpac. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.

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