Busy Friday on the Bay of Plenty Coast | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy Friday on the Bay of Plenty Coast

The TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a Cape Runaway property where a 57-year-old woman had become unwell with an ongoing medical condition that required her being flown to Whakatane hospital for treatment.

On return to base, the TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Bowentown, Waihi Beach, where a 17-year-old Morrinsville woman had fallen 4-5 metres onto rocks breaking her leg. With the young woman trapped on rocks with a broken leg, she was in further danger by the incoming tide.

The TECT Rescue Helicopter located her and winched the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic down to her, as the tide was washing over her legs. By the time she was ready to be winched out the waves were breaking over her head, she was winched into the rescue helicopter and her leg stabilized before being flown to Hospital. Any longer and the outcome could have been much worse.

We here at the TECT Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

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