On Monday afternoon, shortly after 3pm the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to a bulldozer rollover in Te Haroto, a rural community located in the Hastings District.
Due to the remote location, no other emergency services were able to respond to the scene. The onboard Intensive Care Paramedic was offloaded and made his way down the hill to the scene.
Once at the scene the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic found a 72-year-old man trapped inside the cabin of the bulldozer and began to provide treatment to the man with the assistance of the pilot and crewman.
Due to difficult access, it was decided a double winch recovery would go ahead. The crewman extricated both the ICP and patient by winch from the bulldozer.
The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter flew to a nearby paddock where the patient was placed onto a stretcher and transported to Rotorua Hospital.