Busy period for the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy period for the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter

The Rotorua based BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, has had a busy period with multiple jobs.

On Friday 12 October, at approx 6pm, the helicopter was tasked by RCC and NZ Police to a man who had gone missing from a group of trampers in the Whirinaki Forest area.

The helicopter flew in the Land SAR teams to help with the search from the ground.

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was also in the area tasked with tracking the Personal Locater Beacon the group had set off.  The missing man was promptly located and reunited with the rest of his group, fit and well.

On Saturday morning the helicopter was dispatched at 7am to a 39 year old lady from Ruatahuna who was experiencing a medical event.
She was stabilised by the onboard Paramedic and flown to Rotorua Hospital for further assessment.
While handing over in ED, another job  for a 19 year old local man from Mamaku, who was involved in a serious accident on Cecil Road.  Road ambulances arrived on screen and stabilised the man who had serious injuries.
The man was flown to Waikato Hospital for further assessment.

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