Call-out to motor vehicle in Waihi | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Call-out to motor vehicle in Waihi

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waihi at 11pm on Friday 16 December, to a 56-year-old male who has been involved in a car accident.

The rescue  helicopter was met by a St John ambulance that was transporting the patient.

The patient received multiple injuries and was stabilised before being flown to Waikato Hospital.

The flight was conducted under night vision goggles and the rescue helicopter was tasked due to the distance to the required hospital and the nature of the injuries.


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