Busy Thursday for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy Thursday for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

Thursday 12 December The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter started out at 5:30am and returned back to base at 7:00pm completing three back to back missions.

The day started with a child born in Dannevirke that was not breathing. After 10 minutes CPR by the on scene midwife the baby was revived and the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter transported the baby to Palmerston North hospital. At 8.30am The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter responded to Mt Taranaki where a man was winched from Kahui Hut with an injured knee. Then dispatched back to Palmerston North from Taranaki Base to a teenager who had suffered a serious spinal injury at the Mountain Bike Park in the hills behind Palmerston North. The 15 yr old boy was transported directly from the scene to Christchurch Hospital.

A busy day for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew.


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