Busy day for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy day for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter had a very busy day on Friday 25 August.

In the morning, the rescue helicopter carried out fire bucket training with the Fire Emergency New Zealand training school in Rotorua.

On return to Tauranga, the rescue helicopter was tasked to Whitianga where a 92-year-old local woman had suffered a serious medical event. She was transported to Waikato Hospital in a moderate condition.

The rescue helicopter was then tasked to a hospital transfer from Whakatane Hospital to Waikato Hospital, for a cardiac patient requiring specialist treatment.

Following the transfer the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Whangamata, where a 16-year-old Auckland man had rolled a four wheel quad bike.

He sustained serious chest and abdominal injuries as a result and was airlifted to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition. This flight was carried out using Night Vision equipment.

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