Busy afternoon for the TECT Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust


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Busy afternoon for the TECT Rescue Helicopter

At 2pm on the 23/12, the TECT Rescue helicopter was dispatched to Rangataiki where two cars collided and also hit a truck. The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was also dispatched. Several passengers received serious injuries.

On the way back to base, the helicopter was dispatched to Taihape where the helicopter met an ambulance at the Taihape airfield. A 10 year old girl suffered a serious medical event that required immediate hospital care. She was taken to Whanganui hospital for assessment and treatment.


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