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Busy weekend for Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter has had a busy few days.

On Friday, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew were dispatched by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) to a beacon activation in the Ureweras. An injured man was located at the Upper Whirinaki Hut and transported to safety.

Saturday morning began with an early callout to assist lost hunters in the Pukepoto Forest. They were located with the help of Night Vision Goggles and ground teams were able to be directed to the missing men.

Saturday afternoon saw the rescue helicopter dispatched to north of Taupo, to a man who had been injured cutting down a tree. Due to adverse weather conditions, he was transferred to Taupo Hospital for a pre arranged transfer to the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter for rapid transport to Waikato Hospital.

On Sunday, the RCCNZ required the assistance of the rescue helicopter to help with the recovery of a party who had activated a beacon on an island, situated in Lake Waikareiti. The party were safely recovered  and taken to the visitor centre at Lake Waikaremoana.

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