Busy Friday for Tauranga rescue team | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy Friday for Tauranga rescue team

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 5.30am on Friday 11 January to up lift a patient from Rotorua Hospital.

The 49 year old Rotorua man was suffering from a serious cardiac condition and required urgent medical transportation to Waikato Hospital.

At 12.45pm the rescue team were once again dispatched this time to a motor cross track approximately 10km south east of Tokoroa.

A 17 year old Tauranga man had fallen from his bike and sustained a serious break to a leg.

Initially treated on scene by a local ambulance, Fire and Emergency NZ set up a landing area for the helicopter which then airlifted the man to Waikato Hospital for additional treatment.

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