Busy time for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy time for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

Summer is always a busy period for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter with an increase of people participating in recreational pursuits.

During the past week, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew were dispatched to four missions.

21 January 2016

Tasked to a mission on the Timber Trail after a woman was injured mountain biking. She was located and airlifted to Taupo Hospital with an ankle injury.

22 January 2016

An English woman in her early 70s injured her leg on the Tongariro Crossing and was flown to Taupo Hospital.

23 January 2016

Tasked by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand to an activated beacon near Ngamatea Station. The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter located a severely ill man at a hunting hut and airlifted him to Taupo Hospital.

24 January 2016

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a hiker who sustained an ankle injury near the summit of Mt Tongariro. He was with a group of youngsters who were walking the Tongariro crossing and had already climbed to the summit of Mt Ngauruhoe that day and were hiking to the top of Mt Tongariro when the injury occurred.

Tongariro Summit Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

About Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.

Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.

Philips Search & Rescue Trust operates:

Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Waikato King Country

Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Bay of Plenty

BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, Rotorua – Bay of Plenty

Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, Taupo – Central Plateau

Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Manawatu – Whanganui

Westpac Air Ambulance (Fixed wing), Nationwide

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