Boy injured at skatepark | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Boy injured at skatepark

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Raglan at 11.30am on Saturday 30 December, to retrieve a 7-year-old Hamilton boy who broke his upper leg when he fell off his skate board at the local skate park.

He was treated initially by Raglan St John paramedic staff who recognised the seriousness of his fracture and requested the Rescue Helicopter to expedite his transport to Waikato Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

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