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Busy weekend for Waikato Crew

Patients being transported to the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter for transport to Waikato Hospital from a two car collision on SH31

The weekend has been a busy one for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter for vehicle related accidents.  The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a two car collision on SH31, west of Otorohanga, at approximately 11.30am this morning.  An Auckland couple in their 70’s were airlifted from the scene to Waikato Hospital with multiple injuries.  NZ Police, NZ Fire and St John staff were also present at the scene.

This was on the back of two separate motorbike accidents on Saturday and one motorbike and one car accident on Friday evening.  On all occasions the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was used for its ability to swiftly transport patients to hospital.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Waikato King Country’s principal sponsor, Westpac. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.

Image description: Patients being transported to the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter for transport to Waikato Hospital from todays two car collision on SH31

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