Back to back weekend missions | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Back to back weekend missions

On Friday, March 5th, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Rotorua Hospital to transport a patient to Waikato Hospital.

The onboard crew was then tasked to transport a new-born to Tauranga Hospital.

On Saturday, March 6th, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter attended to a rescue at a river near Tarawera Forest. The patient was winched out and flown to Hastings Hospital.

On the morning of Sunday, March 7th, they responded to a beacon activation near Waipunga for an incident involving a motorcyclist. The patient was suffering serious chest injuries and was flown to Rotorua Hospital.

That same afternoon, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter attended to a patient who was suffering serious abdominal injuries following a mountain biking accident. The patient was flown to Rotorua Hospital for further treatment.

Later on Sunday evening, the onboard crew were tasked to Taumarunui for a patient in need of critical care. The patient was stabilised and flown to Waikato Hospital.


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Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

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