Three missions in three days over the Christmas period for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.
On Christmas Day, 6:15am, The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Mangaehu 14 Km east of Stratford to a man who had suffered a Medical Emergency. The patient was treated at the scene and flown to Taranaki Base Hospital for treatment.
On Boxing Day, The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Ruahine Ranges near Ngamoko Hut to search for a man that had slipped on rocks and fallen dislocating his shoulder in rugged terrain. A fellow hunter who was in the area at the time had come across the lone man in a distressed state and in severe pain. The Hunter had a Garmin inReach Satelite device and was able to call for help and provide GPS coordinates to the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Wellington. There was low cloud on the tops of the ranges at the time however the helicopter was able to fly in via the valleys and quickly located the injured party in a stream bed at the bottom of a steep ravine. The helicopter was able to hover over rocks in the stream and offload the Intensive Care Paramedic. The patient was given pain relief and then loaded onto the helicopter and flown to Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.
27th December, The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Aokautere near Palmerston North to a man that had suffered a heart attack. The man was initially treated and stabilised at the scene by on the ground Paramedics. The PNRH flew the man directly to Wellington Hospital were he would be treated by a speacialist Cardiology team.