Callout to accident in the Karangahake Gorge | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Callout to accident in the Karangahake Gorge

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a crash in the Karangahake Gorge on State Highway 2, at approximately 1pm on Sunday 20 August, to retrieved a young woman with serious internal injuries.
Then at 3pm, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Taumarunui to retrieve a young man who had crashed off his motocross bike and had also suffered serious internal injuries.
Both patients were flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

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