Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s Rotorua based rescue helicopter, currently working as the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre to eastern side of the Tararua Ranges, near the end of Naenae Road, south west of Pahiatua on Wednesday 25 October.
The rescue helicopter was called into search at approximately 11.45am, after a beacon activation near the start of the track.
A party of two was located near the bottom of the valley. One of the party members, a 66-year-old male, was suffering a serious cardiac event, which required urgent medical treatment.
The rescue helicopter was able to land 100 metres from the patient, and additional people in the area assisted in loading the patient into the helicopter.