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

Busy weekend for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

On Friday morning the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a farm near Kohuratahi for a farmer who had been trampled by a cow. The man was stabilised at the scene and flown to New Plymouth Hospital.

Later that evening the crew were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on the Napier – Taupo road. A woman in her 20’s was flown to Rotorua Hospital in a serious condition.

On Saturday at midday, a male cyclist was in an accident and was flown from Taupo to Rotorua Hospital for immediate surgery after he fell his causing serious fractures to his left arm.

Later that afternoon the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to assist an ambulance crew in Ohakune. A male in his 40’s had fallen 1.5m from a log, fracturing some od his ribs. He was transported to Whanganui Hospital.

On Sunday morning the crew was tasked to a Personal Locator Beacon that had been activated in the Kaimanawa Ranges. A 17-year-old tramper had become unwell and was unable to walk out. He was flown back to Taupo overseen by onboard Intensive Care Paramedic.

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