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Busy night for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to New Plymouth last night to transport a patient with a leg injury. This was followed by two flights to Whakatane, one for a newborn baby with difficulties requiring transport to Waikato Hospital, and another to transport a male patient from Opotiki, who sustained multiple injuries in a motor bike accident. The man was reported to have been hit by a car. He was also airlifted to Waikato Hospital.

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