Today the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Cook’s Beach, for a 71-year-old man who suffered a hip dislocation. Immediately after takeoff, the team was diverted to Whitianga Hospital for a woman who had just suffered a stroke. Both patients were transported to Auckland Hospital.
The rescue helicopter then responded to Kariotahi beach, north of Port Waikato, where a 33-year-old man had crashed into a log while riding his motorcycle on the beach. He suffered a fracture to his right leg and required transport to Middlemore Hospital.
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was then dispatched to Whakatane with an ICU team, to transport a 71-year-old woman to Tauranga Hospital for renal pain.