The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked by the Rescue Coordination Centre to the Ruahine Ranges near Rangiwahia Hut, on Saturday 18 April at around 8pm. after a personal locator beacon activation belonging to two hunters.
The rescue helicopter carried out a search, but due to cloud in the area were unable to locate the party. The rescue helicopter then inserted LandSAR members close to the beacon location to carry out a ground search. The ground team located the party and they were extracted then next morning.
The following morning the rescue helicopter was dispatched to State Highway 4 near Parakino for a man in his 20’s injured in a motor vehicle accident.
The car had come off the road and down a hill and was spotted by a passing ambulance. The man sustained head injuries and was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.