Busy Wednesday for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy Wednesday for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter had a busy day on Wednesday 18 January.

First off, the rescue chopper was dispatched to Whakatane to transport a premature baby to Waikato Hospital. This was followed by a mission to Taupo, for a patient suffering a cardiac event. The patient was transported to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

Later that day, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched twice to Waihi.

Both missions involved children, suffering from medical emergencies, both which requiring hospitalisation.  The second flight to Waihi was conducted under the use of Night Vision Goggles. The rescue helicopter was called due to the nature of the medical conditions and distance to the required hospital.

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