Callout to man collapsed on Matakana Island | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Callout to man collapsed on Matakana Island

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matakana Island on Thursday 29 March, to a 26-year-old local man who had collapsed. He was stablised at the scene before being flown to Tauranga Hospital for assessment and treatment.

The previous day, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Whangamata for 63-year-old man experience a medical emergency. He was flown on a rapid response flight to Waikato Hospital for treatment.


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