Busy New Year Eve | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy New Year Eve

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on 30 December at 1pm to Awakaponga motocross track.

A where a 15 year old male rider was competing at a staged event when he came off his bike

He suffered a serious leg injury and was treated by paramedics, on scene, before being flown to Rotorua Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
Yesterday, 31 December,  the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Haha where a 12 year old Tokoroa boy had fallen from a quad bike resulting in a serious lower leg injury.
He was treated at the scene by medics before being flown to Rotorua Hospital for treatment. He was accompanied by his grand father.
The rescue team were dispatched again, this time to Waihau Bay at around 8pm.
A 21 year old female was fishing from the rocks and slipped resulting in a serious leg injury.
Due to the location the helicopter was called which was able to land on the rocks near the patient as it was low tide. She was flown to Whakatane Hospital for assessment and treatment.
Not long after landing back at Tauranga Hospital the team where once again dispatched at 11:30pm to a car rollover near Kawerau.
Three people were travelling in the car, one person received multiple serious injuries while the other two had minor injuries.
Fire and Police were at the scene and assisting with finding a suitable place to hand the helicopter.
Paramedics stabilised the most injured person, a 21 year old male, before being flown to Tauranga Hospital for further treatment.
Both flights were conducted using night vision goggles.

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