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Busy few days for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

It’s been a busy few days for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter.

On Monday 21 November the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Turangi, to a child with a severe allergic reaction from a bee sting. The child was flown to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.

The rescue helicopter was then dispatched to recover to  two rafters from the Ngaruroro river, following the activation of a beacon.

Then on Tuesday 22 November, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Ahititi, to a man who had suffered burns after his radiator had exploded. He was flow to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

On Wednesday 23 November, The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Tongariro crossing, to a woman who had fallen at Soda Springs and dislocated her shoulder.

She was flown to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.

While in Rotorua, the rescue helicopter was re-deployed to the Waioweka Gorge to a motor vehicle accident near the twin bridges. A man in his mid seventies, with chest injuries flown to Whakatane Hospital for treatment.

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