The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at approximately 11 am on Friday 10 November, to a rescue a man who had fallen from his kayak.
The 72-year-old had been had been kayaking with a group down the Whakatane River from Rautahuna, when he fell from his kayak and became wet and cold. The group lit a fire to dry him out and called for help, as he was unable to continue due to a sore back.
Fortunately, he did not require hospital treatment, so was airlifted by the rescue helicopter to waiting family in Whakatane.
One returning to Tauranga, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched again. This time to the Redwood Forest mountain bike park, where a 36-year-old Wellington man had fallen from his bike, resulting in a broken leg.
Due to the location of the man, the rescue helicopter utilised the Port of Tauranga Rescue Winch to lift the man from the rugged terrain. The man was treated by paramedics before being taken to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.
Later that evening, the rescue helicopter was tasked by Tauranga Hospital for an urgent transfer of a 4-year-old boy to Greenlane Hospital, Auckland for specialist treatment for a serious medical condition.