Back-to-back missions for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Back-to-back missions for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on Monday 28 August, to a single vehicle rollover on Arapuni Road, east of Putaruru. A 23-year-old female, the sole occupant of a ute that rolled was flown to Waikato Hospital with face and hand lacerations.
The rescue helicopter was then immediately dispatched to Taupo Airport, where it was met by a Turangi Ambulance transporting a 61-year-old man who experienced a seizure and fell into the water. Accompanied by his spouse, he was flown to Waikato Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

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