Callout to Manawatu Gorge walking track | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Callout to Manawatu Gorge walking track

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on Friday 24 November to the entrance of the Manawatu Gorge walking track for a 53-year-old male who had fractured his tibia when jumping down a bank.

The man was initially treated and stablised by paramedics at the scene, but due to the difficulty of extrication the patient from his location to the road ambulance, the rescue helicopter was called in.

The man was then flown to Palmerston North Helicopter for further treatment.


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