Busy January 4th for The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy January 4th for The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

In the early hours of Saturday morning the 4th of January, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Lakes DHB to complete a Hospital transfer for a female who had a serious medical condition, she was flown to Rotorua Hospital for further treatment.

Later that day the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to fly to Kuratau where a man had had a fall causing an injury to his head, The man was transported to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

While still at Waikato hospital the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to a possible winch job at the Craters of the moon thermal area in Taupo. On arrival at the scene the helicopter was able to land close to the Female patient who had fallen over with a suspected fractured ankle, She was flown to Rotorua hospital for further treatment.


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