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

Busy weekend for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

On the morning of Friday 13 November, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a single-car crash on the Desert Road. A passenger in his 40’s was treated at the scene and transported to Rotorua Hospital with moderate injuries.

On Friday evening the crew transported a patient in her 60’s from Rotorua to Waikato Hospital for specialist care following a medical event.

Early Saturday morning the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Murupara for a patient with critical head injuries following a fall. The patient was stabilised at the scene and flown to Waikato Hospital for immediate medical care.

Soon after arriving back in Taupō, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to transport a child in a serious condition following an acute medical event from Taupō to Rotorua Hospital.

Later that afternoon the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Mangakino for a patient in his 60’s who had been cutting firewood when the chainsaw kicked back causing serious injuries to his arm.

It was a team effort with the road ambulance team and local fire service to get the patient stabilised and carried up the bank to the rescue helicopter.

Early Sunday morning the Rescue Coordination Centre dispatched the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter to a beacon activation in a bush near Murupara. A hunter had fallen the evening prior causing head and neck injuries. Local Land SAR had located the party at 2am and awaited the arrival of the helicopter at first light. The hunter was flown out to Rotorua hospital.

Soon after getting back to base, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked with transporting a patient in his 50’s with an acute stroke that required specialised treatment at Rotorua Hospital.

We here at the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

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