Busy start to 2019 for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy start to 2019 for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Raetihi on 3 January 2019.

Two men, one in his 40’s and the other in his 80’s were suffering from separate and non related medical events.

They were both treated at scene by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Whanganui Hospital for further assessment.  

The following day the rescue team were dispatched to the Arapuke Mountain Bike Park.  A male, in his 20’s,  had fallen from his bike.

He was treated at scene by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital for further assessment.  

Later in the evening the team were once again dispatched, this time to Pipiriki, to a lady who was suffering a medical event.

She was treated at scene by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Whanganui Hospital for further assessment.  

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