Callout to motor vehicle accident in Kawerau | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Callout to motor vehicle accident in Kawerau

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Kawerau just before 8 am on Tuesday 19 December, the scene of a motor vehicle accident. A 33-year-old local man had sustained head and chest injuries.

He was stablised at the scene by paramedics before being flown to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.

Upon landing the rescue helicopter was tasked by Rotorua Hospital for an urgent transfer of a 47-year-old male who had amputated his finger. He was flown to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.

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