Callout to injured woman down bank | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Callout to injured woman down bank

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a rural property, northeast of Matahiwi, just after 5.30 pm on Friday 10 November, where a woman had slipped and fallen down a bank on farmland.

As a result of the fall, the 42-year-old had fractured her ankle. The woman was initially assisted by a fellow farm worker. A personal locater beacon (PLB) was activated prior to the 111 call being made.

The PLB assisted in quickly identifying the woman’s location, and once the rescue helicopter in the area, using it the onboard location finder, was able to pinpoint exactly where the woman was.

She was treated by the onboard paramedic at the scene, before being airlifted to Whanganui Hospital for treatment.

 

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