Busy Boxing Day for the TECT Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy Boxing Day for the TECT Rescue Helicopter

The TECT Rescue Helicopter began the day urgently transporting a 77 year old man to Waikato Hospital, he had suffered a serious cardiac event requiring specialist intervention at Waikato Hospital.

In the afternoon the TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Kaha where a 9 year old boy had been bitten by a dog, he received lacerations to the face, he was flown to Waikato Hospital accompanied by his mother for specialist treatment.

In the evening the TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Opotiki where a woman in her 80s was suffering a serious cardiac event. She was flown to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.



Image taken in Opotiki


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